Dr. Gary J. Burkholder serves as vice president and general manager for business operations at The National Hispanic University. In this role, he coordinates marketing, recruitment and enrollment, and admissions efforts. He has more than 12 years of overall experience with Laureate Education, having previously served at Walden University in a number of roles, including vice president for academic affairs and vice president for the Colleges of Health Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, he has served as director of online studies for the online psychology programs offered through the University of Liverpool.
Dr. Burkholder has an extensive background in individual and public health research. From 1998 to 2001, he worked as a senior research associate at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Conn., and from 2001 to 2004, he was director of the survey center and data management for the Institute for Community Health Promotion at Brown University. Dr. Burkholder has published research in a number of journals on topics including individual, community-based, and public health; statistical methods in the social sciences; and retention.
In addition to his research, Dr. Burkholder is an active educator, having taught and developed courses and programs in psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at various institutions, including the Rhode Island School of Design. He also has served as a mentor for more than 75 master's and doctoral students.
Dr. Burkholder is active in the American Psychological Association and serves as a Statistics Section council member for the American Public Health Association. In 2011, Dr. Burkholder was awarded the Laureate Education David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which recognizes faculty members with a $50,000 grant for research projects proposed in their areas of expertise.
Dr. Burkholder earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, having won the Peter Merenda Prize for Excellence in Statistics and Methodology. He also holds both a master's and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in Engineering with a concentration in nuclear engineering) from the University of Washington.