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Brian Ellis | Associate Dean of Academic Program Administration in the LeBow College of Business and Executive Director of Goodwin College of Evening and Professional Studies, Drexel University

Current Position and Past Experience
Brian Ellis has over eighteen years of administrative experience in higher education and has held several roles in administration and leadership at his alma mater Drexel University and Rutgers University. In his current role, as Associate Dean for Program Administration at LeBow, Brian is responsible for oversight of all administrative functions related to undergraduate programs. This oversight includes supervision of all areas relating to advising, recruitment, career services and programs to support student retention and success as well as provision of administrative support of all academic departments and associated undergraduate curricula.

In addition to his role at LeBow, Dr. Ellis is the Executive Director for Drexel University’s, Goodwin College of Professional Studies. In this role, Brian leads the strategic mission to ensure equitable access to a high-quality, career-focused education informed by Drexel’s long tradition of experiential learning, preparing organizations and students of all backgrounds to find success and fulfillment in the workforce.

In 2012, Brian created LeBow BRIDGE, an academic enrichment program for underrepresented minority student in LeBow college. The award winning program has yielded excellent results including a 90% graduation rate for its first cohort and student career landings at the likes of Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. Brian Ellis also serves as Co-Chair for LeBow’s DEI Action Group.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Brian holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Global Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology where his research and areas of interest align with constructs of marginalized populations, social movements, student development, inclusion and equity.

Ellis has won the Dr. Ewaugh Fields Legacy Award, Advisor Award for the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition, and the Drexel University President’s Award for Intercultural Engagement and Diversity.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Brian currently serves as President for ManUp PHL Advisory Board, a Philadelphia based non-violence and mentorship program. Additionally, he is a member of the Washington Township Board of Education. Brian and his wife Shurlana are the proud parents of Autumn, Aidan and Amber.

You can connect with Brian on LinkedIn