Donald Heller

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Finance and funding
  • Higher education reform
  • Readiness

Donald E. Heller is dean of the College of Education and a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. He leads one of the nation’s top-ranked colleges of education with 150 faculty, 4,000 students and revenues of over $60 million. His teaching and research is in educational economics, public policy and finance, with a focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues in many states, and he has testified in front of legislators and in federal court cases as an expert witness. He previously was director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University, and has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a doctorate in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been a trustee of DePaul University, the country’s largest Catholic university, since 2012.