Academic Analytics is supported by a team of experienced academic advisors from a diverse group of research universities. These former deans, provosts, chancellors, and other higher education research leaders help us to create the best possible data, analytics, and solutions.
Robert Berdahl, Ph.D. Robert M. Berdahl was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 15, 1937. He received his B.A. degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls in 1959, his M.A. from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1961, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965. His field of specialization is German history and he is the author of The Politics of the Prussian Nobility (Princeton University Press, 1988), the co-author of another book, and the author of numerous articles dealing with German history and, more recently, about American higher education.
Berdahl served as an assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts in Boston from 1965-1967; as assistant, associate, and full professor of history at the University of Oregon from 1967-1986. From 1981-1986, he served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon;
from 1986-1993, he served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; from 1993-1997 he served as President of the University of Texas in Austin; and from 1997-2004, he served as Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
After retiring from Berkeley in 2006, he was appointed President of the Association of American Universities, an association of the 59 leading research universities in the United States and 2 in Canada. He retired from that position in 2011. From December 2011 to August 2012, he served as Interim President of the University of Oregon. He continues to be active as a consultant to universities. He serves on the Board of Directors of ACT. In January 2014, he co-taught a course during the January-Term at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Berdahl has received numerous awards and honors. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; he was a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Max-Planck-Institute for History in Germany. He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received honorary doctorates from Augustana College, the University of Minnesota, and New York University. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the University of Oregon. He is the recipient of the Clark Kerr Award for distinguished contributions to higher education by the University of California, Berkeley.
As a Senior Advisor to Academic Analytics, Berdahl provides clients and the company with critical perspective on institutional governance, academic planning, the role of public universities in American higher education. His experience at four top public universities and macro-level view from the Association of American Universities informs the company’s evolving direction and services for clients.
Berdahl and his wife, Peg, live most of the year at their home in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Lange, Ph.D. Peter works closely with our team providing guidance on our strategic objectives, insight to product development, and client application.
Peter served as Duke University’s Provost for 15 years, working closely with Presidents Nannerl Keohane and Richard Brodhead. He oversaw strategic, programmatic, budgetary, and administrative decision-making under the university’s Responsibility Center Management (RCM) system.
During his tenure, Duke executed a sophisticated strategy that combined planning with targeted financial support and deliberate cultural change. Among the successful, university-wide initiatives in which Peter played a central role were: recruiting outstanding faculty; establishing the institution’s leadership position in interdisciplinary research and teaching; linking classroom study to external, experiential learning; extending Duke’s reach into the world; and focusing teaching and research on global issues.
Peter is the Thomas A. Langford University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is a Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to serving as Duke’s Provost, Peter was a professor and chair of its Political Science department. He also taught at Harvard University, where he was an Associate Professor of Political Science. Peter is the recipient of the 2014 American Association of University Administrators, Eileen Tosney Award for Career Service in Higher Education, recognizing outstanding, long-term experience as an administrator in the field of higher education. He earned his BA at Oberlin College, and his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
George Walker, Ph.D. George E. Walker is currently Professor and Senior Mentor in the School of Business and Leadership, at the University of Charleston WV. Dr. Walker previously was the interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State University from June 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. From January 1, 2010 until May 31, 2012, he was Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at CSU. He has held appointments as Professor of Physics, Chair of the Physics Department, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Indiana University, and Senior Vice President for Research Development and Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School at Florida International University. Dr. Walker has served as Chair of the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools, President of the Association of Graduate Schools of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and Chair of the Council on Research, Policy and Graduate Education of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC/APLU). He directed “The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate” while a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Dr. Walker received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1962, and the M.S. (1964) and Ph.D. (1966) in Theoretical Physics from Case Institute of Technology. After serving in Post-Doctoral positions at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Stanford University, he joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1970, remaining until becoming Professor of Physics-emeritus in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. While at Indiana he was twice awarded Physics Graduate Students’ Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education.
Dr. Walker has chaired or served on numerous advisory committees including those at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSEE) and the Ruhr University Research School International Advisory Committee.
Richard Wheeler, Ph.D. Richard Wheeler is Professor of English Emeritus and Dean of the Graduate College Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After earning degrees from Cornell College (Iowa) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he joined the Illinois English Department in 1969 (head from 1987 to 1998). After a year as interim head of Anthropology, he was Dean of the Graduate College from 2000 to 2009. He was Vice Provost from 2006 to 2010 and Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from Spring 2010 through Summer 2012. He retired in 2014 after two years as Visiting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. His scholarship is chiefly focused on psychological patterns of development in Shakespeare’s works. He served as chair of the CIC graduate deans group and of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, and was a member of the last NRC Committee to Assess Research-Doctorate Programs.
Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D. Carol recently retired from the Senior Vice President for Research position at The Ohio State University in Columbus, a position she held for the past 9 years. In her faculty position as Professor of Microbial Infection & Immunity, she spent her career researching the immunology of multiple sclerosis. During her 36 years at Ohio State, she also served as Vice Dean for Research in the Medical Center and as Chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. She received a Bachelor’s degree and PhD from The Ohio State University.
In recognition of her University activities, she was awarded the OSU Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2001 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2015. Carol serves as a member of the National Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 2014. She was inducted into the National MS Society Volunteer Hall of Fame for researchers in 2009 and currently chairs the Research Programs Advisory Committee (RPAC) for the National MS Society. Carol also serves on the Board of The Wellington School, located in Columbus Ohio.
Since her retirement from Ohio State in 2017, Carol works part time in her hometown of Morrow, Ohio, serving as the city manager. Carol and her husband, Mike, have one grown son, Alex, and they enjoy cooking, traveling and restoring old houses. Their dog, Mario, loves his time in Morrow, where he chases deer and foxes.