Congratulations Jill Kramer

Dr. Jill Kramer named as new Vice President at the Gardner Institute

Dr. Jill Kramer, with over 20 years of service in postsecondary education, most recently as a Senior Fellow at the Gardner Institute, has been promoted to the new role of Vice President. Kramer will be working with the Institutional Transformation Assessment and the Readiness, Willingness, and Ability surveys among other efforts, and will serve full-time in this new role.

Brevard, NC, August 23, 2023

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (Gardner Institute) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jill Robinson Kramer, an experienced higher education leader and practitioner, has been promoted to the role of Vice President. In this role, Dr. Kramer will provide operational leadership for the Gardner Institute’s Institutional Transformation Assessment (ITA); Readiness, Willingness, and Ability survey; and other survey-based efforts and services that help use evidence to improve teaching, learning, and student success.

Kramer brings her vast experience in higher education, working at both institutions and foundations, to the Gardner Institute. Dr. Kramer has a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Administration from Indiana State University, an M.A. in philanthropic studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Hanover College. Her prior work experiences include service as Vice President  at Ivy Tech Community College, Vice President at Strada, and Senior Program Officer at Lumina Foundation.

 Gardner Institute Chief Executive Officer added, “We are fortunate and excited to have Dr. Kramer take on this expanded role at the Gardner Institute. Her deep experience working both within and across institutions with evidence-based  improvement efforts will serve our partner institutions well – particularly as we focus on transforming institutions so that demographics and zip code no longer serve as the best predictors of who gets to graduate. Her leadership and contributions will allow us to scale our mission in signification ways.”

Kramer began her new position with the Gardner Institute on August 1, 2023.

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, educators, and other entities to increase institutional responsibility for improving outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention, and completion. It is dedicated to advancing higher education’s larger goal of achieving equity and social justice.

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