Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.
Vice President for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI)
Brian A. Sponsler, EdD, is vice president for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI). A member of NASPA's executive team, he oversees the association's research portfolio and works to cultivate and maintain relationships with institutional partners, higher education scholars, and policy leaders. Brian has extensive experience in Washington, D.C., where his policy advocacy work and research agenda has focused on expanding access and ensure success for historically underrepresented student populations.
Dr. Sponsler's research interests include college access for DREAM students, student success metrics, geographic impediments to college-going, and policy adoption theory. His policy research work has been financially supported by the Lumina Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the NASPA Foundation among others.
Prior to life inside the beltway, Brian held several campus professional positions, including as an academic advisor, sports information director, and men's soccer coach. Brian earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Puget Sound, a master's degree in student development administration from Seattle University, and a doctorate in higher education from The George Washington University.