Glenn Gabbard, Ed.D.

Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education 

As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, Glenn Gabbard worked with two Round One institutions, Paul D Camp Community College and Durham Technical Community College.  He continues to work with Durham Tech in its efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, particularly for low-income students and students of color. 

Dr. Gabbard is an academic leader, administrator, faculty member, and researcher with experience in community colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations. Throughout his work as a faculty member, department chair, dean, and director of national change initiatives, he has focused on issues related to forging stronger collaborative efforts within and across institutions that acknowledge the contributions of individuals who are labeled “underserved.” Dr. Gabbard's areas of interest include developmental education in multicultural settings, seamless linkages between public schools and higher education, inclusive policy and practices related to individuals with disabilities and their families, and the skills, knowledge, dispositions, and vision required for transforming colleges and Universities as democratic institutions.

In addition to his administrative oversight responsibilities at NERCHE, Dr. Gabbard currently serves as the director of Project Compass, a multi-site initiative focused on fostering institutional change at public four-year colleges in New England to increase the retention of underserved students. He is also engaged as a senior researcher for the Connecticut Workload Study Project and recently completed work as co-principal investigator of the research component of the Community College Transfer Initiative. He has also been a co-principal investigator of a national study of service coordination for young children with disabilities and their families and a national leadership project serving parents involved in policymaking at the local, regional and national levels.  Dr. Gabbard is a faculty member in the higher education administration program at UMass Boston.

Educational background: Gabbard holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; a M.A. in Linguistics from The American University; and a B.A. in English from Sonoma State University.  


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