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Brian Keith Perkins

Senior Lecturer
Teachers College
Teachers College Columbia University, 525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027

Dr. Brian K. Perkins is the Director of the Urban Education Leaders Program at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Organization and Leadership. He is the former Chair and Professor of Education Law and Policy at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. As Chair, Dr. Perkins successfully led his department through the licensure of the University’s first doctoral program and full NCATE accreditation.

Dr. Perkins is a distinguished Yale alumnus and was named a Timothy Dwight Fellow in 2004. He was a member of the research faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Perkins was an instructor in the Yale University Department of Chemistry and was awarded the distinguished teaching award for instruction in Inorganic Chemistry Problems. He has served as a consultant to school districts throughout the U.S., the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. Dr. Perkins is a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He was recently the President of the New Haven Board of Education where he served for almost 11 years. He also served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association. Dr. Perkins served two terms as national chair for CUBE: Council of Urban Boards of Education and was the chair for the National Black Caucus of School Board Members. Dr. Perkins was also the national chair of the Leadership for Healthy Communities initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Perkins is the author of several published articles and book chapters and serves as the Principal Investigator and Author of Where We Learn (2006), Where We Teach (2007) and What We Think (2008) – the largest studies on urban school climate in the history of public education. His forthcoming manuscript, Improving School Climate from the Inside Out, is scheduled to be released later this year.

Dr. Perkins has recently been endorsed by the National School Boards Association to undertake a survey of American school climate anticipated to surpass his previous study with over 100,000 participants. The results from this study are scheduled to be released in mid-2011.

Dr. Perkins travels extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and leads annual delegations of educators to the region. He is leading an effort to provide clothing and funding to the Tholakele Orphanage in the Republic of South Africa where he currently serves as an advisor. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Boule. Dr. Perkins is an ordained deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church and has four children in public schools in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Perkins received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Grambling State University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine and his Doctor of Education Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Columbia Business School.

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