Edward Summers Ph.D.


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Eddie Summers is one of the youngest executives in higher education and a prominent voice on issues impacting higher education and urban communities. He has written and publicly lectured on topics such as access to higher education, cost, affordability, management of higher education, developing sound community and government relations programs, and institutional effectiveness and management. He is also active in his academic discipline of public policy and conducts research on politics, community and economic development, housing policy, political processes, and democracy. Dr. Summers received a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. He holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School.

Dr. Summers currently is a higher education and nonprofit consultant and the inaugural Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN), which is an alliance among nine colleges, universities, and a law school that works on collaborative student, faculty, alumni, and administrative programs. He previously served as the Chief of Staff and Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College. He was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the institution and providing strategic direction for implementing the College’s strategic plan. He is the founding Director of the Kelly Adirondack Center, which is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the study of the Adirondack Park. Prior to his role at Union College, Dr. Summers’ served as Assistant to the President of Marist College, where he provided executive-level support to Dr. Dennis Murray. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Political Science and as Program Director for the Presidential Referrals Program and Program Director for Marist Programs in Africa. He taught courses in nonprofit management, American National Government, Public Policy, South African Politics, Ghanaian Politics and Community Development and Program, Planning, and Evaluation.