Adrian Haugabrook, PhD

Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook is Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Social Impact Collective at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire, one of the largest non-profit universities in the U.S. with 0ver 180,000 students and recognized as one of the country’s most innovative organizations. In this role, he provides executive leadership and strategic guidance in advancing SNHUs equity and social mobility agendas by leveraging existing offerings and innovations to learners across the globe. He is a frequent speaker on change, innovation, and the future of higher education and was a featured speaker at TED 2021. His TED Talk, “3 Ways to Lower the Barriers to Higher Education” garnered 1M views within the first six weeks of its release.

Dr. Haugabrook is on the board of directors of Upswing (Austin, TX), an education technology company and was a 2021-2022 Designer in Residence with the Education Design Lab (Washington, DC). He also sits on the national boards of Complete College America, the Postsecondary National Policy Institute; and the Ascend National Advisory of the Aspen Institute. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and an ordained Baptist Deacon, in service at The Historic Myrtle Baptist Church (West Newton, MA). Dr. Haugabrook received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston, masters from Georgia Southwestern State University and his bachelor’s from the University of West Georgia.

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