William J. McKinney

William J. McKinney

LEAP States Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U

Dr. William J. McKinney joined Indiana University’s Office of University Academic Affairs in 2015 as Senior Advisor for Distance Education, and began his current role as Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs in 2016. Bill’s role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University, especially those strategic projects outlined in Blueprint 2.0: The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University.

Bill’s work over the years with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) provides a resource for the Regional Campuses. Under Bill’s leadership, the Regional Campuses of Indiana University are actively involved in the AASCU Re-Imagining the First Year of College project, an ambitious three-year project that seeks a fundamental re-imagining of of the public university experience in the light of the post-2008 economic and demographic New Normal. The 44-campus project is funded, in part, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USA Funds.

A nationally recognized teacher, scholar, and academic leader, Dr. McKinney served as Valdosta State University’s ninth president from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015. A firm believer of the value of a liberal education, Bill has been actively involved with AAC&U since 1994, and currently serves as an AAC&U Senior Fellow.

Areas of Expertise: 
Faculty Development, Bridging the Completion Agenda and the Quality Imperative, Linking Liberal Education and the Professions, Adult Experiential Education, Distance Learning