Senior Director of Higher Education Programs, Programs in Professional Education
Ed.D., Harvard University
Joseph P. Zolner is a lecturer on education, senior director of programs, and senior director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) in the Office of Programs in Professional Education (PPE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As senior director of programs, he functions as PPE's chief academic officer. As HIHE senior director, he is responsible for the quality, relevance, and variety of professional development programs offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the higher education community. He also serves as educational chair of the Management Development Program (MDP), educational chair of the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL), and educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM). Previously, Zolner served as director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College (NY) and director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University (Mass.). He has also held appointments as assistant dean of the college at Dartmouth College (NH) and assistant dean of students and assistant director of admissions at Union College. Zolner also worked for Goodmeasure, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the management of strategic organizational change, serving a Fortune 100 client base. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New England College of Optometry, where he is currently serving as vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Zolner received an Ed.D. in higher education and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.S. from Union College. His interests include leadership, the higher education curriculum change process, and higher education leadership development.