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Kaminski Returns to HGSE as Director of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education (HIHE)

As a logical next step in a career spanning higher education leadership, executive education, and consulting for individuals and organizations, Lisa Kaminski, Ed.M., is returning to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) as the new Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE).

“Lisa completed her Master’s degree at HGSE in the Administration, Planning, and Social Policy program, and it has played a key role in her continued work in higher education,” said Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Saris Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE. “We are thrilled to welcome her back to Harvard and look forward to seeing how her vision for HIHE will help shape the future of higher education.”

Kaminski earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and went on to work in roles that blended her business background with mission-focused work in the education sector. Prior to her return to Harvard, she has held positions leading executive education programs in nationally-recognized institutions such as Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. A life-long learner herself, Kaminski has spent much of her professional life supporting the ongoing learning of professionals across a wide range of industries. Her strong belief in the value of ongoing professional learning for professionals is a driving force behind her decision to return to HGSE and contribute to the School’s efforts to engage, support, educate, and connect higher education professionals around the world.

In her new role, Kaminski will lead HIHE as it embarks on its next 50 years of delivering leadership development programs that advance the practice of individuals and institutions across higher education. She will work with Professional Education faculty and staff to design and implement innovative programs that bring HGSE’s world-renowned teaching and research to college and university leaders across the sector. Kaminski also will direct the HIHE portfolio as a vehicle to connect practitioners to one another in new ways – building on the success of current programs and developing innovative career development experiences that address an array of critical issues facing higher education.

“As a seasoned higher education professional and a graduate of HGSE, I am honored to serve as the next Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education,” Kaminski said. “I look forward to supporting the mission of the Ed School at Harvard in providing outstanding professional learning programs for current and future leaders in higher education.”

Kaminski will begin her new role on July 1.