Michael McLendon

Michael McLendon

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Dr. Michael K. McLendon serves as Dean of the School of Education and as Professor of Higher Education Policy and Leadership at Baylor University. A specialist in the study of U.S. higher education, McLendon has published extensively on topics relating to postsecondary education governance, finance, and public policy. In recent studies, he has examined the sources of variation in college costs and prices, the role of public policy in promoting college access and success, and the factors influencing the rise of new accountability and financing policies in K-12 and higher education.

He has been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States.

McLendon came to Baylor from Southern Methodist University where he held the Harold and Annette Simmons Centennial Chair in Higher Education Policy and served as the associate dean for academic affairs at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Previously, he held appointment as the executive associate dean and chief of staff at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, on whose faculty he served for thirteen years as a professor of public policy and higher education. McLendon currently holds appointment as a Senior Fellow at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Affairs and as a Faculty Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the University of Michigan.

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