Eric Kaplan

Senior Fellow
Director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management

Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-573-9404


Professional Biography

Eric Kaplan serves as a Senior Fellow and Director of Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management, a cohort-based Ed.D. program for senior level leaders in higher education, the non-profit sector, and industry. Prior to his current role, Eric spent nearly 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania in a variety of administrative positions, including Interim Dean, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations for International Initiatives, and Associate Secretary of the University. He also led the enrollment efforts at Lehigh University as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Areas of Interest and Current Research

Eric serves as an affiliate of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at Penn GSE. In this capacity, he provides strategic advice and counsel on a variety of topics that relate to the Center’s priorities. He serves as a trustee at Connecticut College, as a scholarship reader for the Point Foundation, and as a mentor for a Point Scholar currently enrolled at Penn. He also is a consulting editor at Change magazine.