Chief Executive Officer
University Innovation Alliance
Named one of the “Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Bridget Burns is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), the national consortium of public research universities collaborating to close achievement gaps through testing, scaling, and sharing innovative and successful practices. The UIA’s work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, 60 Minutes, and was featured in the documentary “Unlikely”. UIA campuses have worked together to achieve massive change for their 400,000 students, including increasing their low-income graduates by 46%, and increasing graduates of color by 85%. As a trusted advisor to university presidents, system leaders and policymakers, Dr. Burns is on a mission to transform the way institutions think about and take action on the behalf of low-income, first generation, and students of color. She received her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education, Leadership & Policy from Vanderbilt University.