Chris Baldwin, PhD
As a long-time advocate for student success, Chris has spent 20 years promoting practices and policies that streamline and accelerate student pathways to a postsecondary credential while also increasing equitable outcomes. Chris joined NCII in 2022 to continue this important work. Chris’ work at NCII focuses on supporting institutional efforts to implement guided pathways — especially at rural community colleges — and establishing leadership development programs to create a pipeline of college leaders to equitably expand student success.
Prior to joining NCII, Chris led his own consulting business through which he partnered with college and state leaders to advance the college completion agenda. Prior to his work as a consultant, Chris served as associate vice president at Jobs for the Future (JFF), directing efforts to expand the number of Student Success Centers nationally. This work followed four years as the founding executive director of the Michigan Center for Student Success, a previous stint at JFF leading the state policy component of the Achieving the Dream initiative, and a senior leadership role as vice president at Owens Community College.
Chris is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he earned his doctorate in higher education administration.