Dr. Brian Bridges
Vice President of Research and Member Engagement
Brian K. Bridges serves as Vice President, Research and Member Engagement, and leads UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) and the Institute for Capacity Building. In this role Dr. Bridges serves as UNCF’s chief research officer, principal editor and contributor for FDPRI’s publications and the manager of internal and external projects involving capacity building, evaluation, and assessment. Brian also leads the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative, a project funded by the Lilly Endowment to improve job placement outcomes at HBCUs and PBIs.
Immediately prior to joining UNCF, Brian served as Vice Provost for Diversity, Access and Equity at Ohio University. Brian has also served as the Associate Director for the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity (CAREE) at the American Council on Education (ACE) and held various roles at the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), including Associate Director. While at NSEE, Brian managed a million-dollar subcontract for the Building Engagement and Attainment of Minority Students (BEAMS) project, a national initiative funded by Lumina Foundation to assist minority-serving institutions’ use of NSSE results for institutional improvement. In addition, he has served on numerous panels and advisory committees on issues related to HBCUs, learning environments at minority-serving institutions, and success factors for African American college students at predominately white institutions. During his tenure at UNCF, Brian has served as the lead on more than $52 million in grant funded projects.
Brian earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Bachelor of Arts from Francis Marion University.