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Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer, Business-Higher Education Forum

Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald, an internationally recognized leader in creating innovative talent solutions, has served as the Business-Higher Education Forum’s (BHEF) chief executive officer since 2005. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, BHEF developed and implemented a long-term strategic plan, through which BHEF has formed dozens of successful partnerships between the nation’s leading business and academic institutions to create new talent development solutions in high-demand emerging fields and utilized insights from case studies and cutting-edge market intelligence to influence thought-leaders and policy makers. Dr. Fitzgerald is an internationally recognized expert on the future of the American workforce, and his work has been widely published in domestic and international publications. He regularly presents the organization’s latest market intelligence and insights to business and academic audiences and provides them with recommendations for successfully implementing BHEF’s talent models.

Dr. Fitzgerald has served on a number of commissions and working groups during his tenure as CEO, most notably, he played a major role in the STEM working group under President Obama for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which produced the widely cited 2012 report Engage to Excel, and the National Academies of Science study group of undergraduate computer science enrollment. Dr. Fitzgerald currently serves as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Higher Education Task Force, which will advise Congress on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Dr. Fitzgerald earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he currently serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council. Previously, he served as a member of the alumni council at Harvard for four years, acting as chairman for a year. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus and awarded an honorary doctorate in public service. An avid sailor, Dr. Fitzgerald has sailed the Western Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Grenada and crewed on 11 Newport and Marion-Bermuda races, finishing 1st in class five times. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and three dogs.

About the Business-Higher Education Forum

BHEF is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of the Fortune 500 c-suite executives and leading university presidents dedicated to advancing innovative education and workforce solutions and improving U.S. competitiveness. BHEF utilizes the latest market intelligence to develop industry and higher education partnerships, change models, and innovative talent solutions in high-demand and emerging fields. Through these methods, BHEF creates impactful, long-lasting, and essential pathways that align higher education curriculum with evolving needs of today’s workforce. Learn more at

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