Reed Dasenbrock, Ph.D.
Key Areas of Expertise: accreditation, institutional exchanges, professional development, international programs in English, strategic planning
Dr. Dasenbrock is one of the principals in the Mid-Pacific International Higher Education Consultancy. Educated at McGill University in Canada, Oxford University in the United Kingdom and the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, where he completed his Ph.D. in English, he has had a distinguished career as a faculty member and administrator. He has served as the chief academic officer in two research universities, as Provost at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and more recently as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa, where his responsibilities included accreditation, strategic planning, and international partnerships. In between UNM and the University of Hawaiʿi, he served as Secretary of Higher Education of the State of New Mexico. Having just stepped down as VCAA at UH after serving a record 7 ½ years, he is a member of the UH faculty and has teaching responsibilities in a wide range of programs, including Higher Education Administration. He presently serves as the Vice-Chair of the regional accreditor for higher education in the California/Pacific region, WASC Senior College and University Commission, and will serve as its chair from 2017-2020.
Dr. Dasenbrock brings several overlapping areas of expertise to the Mid-Pacific Consultancy. He has firsthand knowledge of the American accreditation process from both the perspective of the institution and of the accreditor, as he has been involved in the professional accreditation of a broad range of professional schools in addition to accreditation of the entire institution. He has developed and nurtured connections between universities in the United States and a number of Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Mongolia. He hopes to serve universities seeking to strengthen connections to Asia (including recruiting more students) and Asian universities seeking to develop international programs and/or programmatic ties with American universities. Finally, his administrative experience could be of help to universities in strategic planning, improving retention and graduation rates, and reforming and improving the undergraduate education as a whole.