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Joseph P. Zolner

Adjunct Lecturer on Education

Joseph P. Zolner

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1996)
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Vitae/CV:   Joseph P. Zolner.pdf
Faculty Assistant:  Tilman Freitag


Joseph P. Zolner is an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). From 1999 to 2018, he served as senior director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, a role that included responsibility for the quality, relevance, and variety of executive education programs offered by HGSE for the higher education community. He currently serves as educational chair of the Management Development Program (MDP), Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL), and Library Leadership in a Digital Age (LLDA). Prior to his work at Harvard University, Zolner served as director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College (NY) and director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University (MA). He has also held appointments as assistant dean of the College at Dartmouth College (NH) and assistant dean of students and assistant director of admissions at Union College. Zolner also worked for Goodmeasure, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in innovation, creativity, and the management of strategic organizational change that served a Fortune 100 client base. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New England College of Optometry, where he serves as vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Development Committee. Zolner received an Ed.D. in higher education and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from HGSE, an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.S. from Union College. His interests include leadership, the higher education curriculum change process, and higher education leadership development.

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