Bridget Burns

CEO, University Innovation Alliance


Named one of the “Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Bridget Burns is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a multi-campus laboratory for student success innovation that helps university leaders dramatically accelerate the implementation of scalable solutions to increase the number and diversity of college graduates. 

Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, and 60 Minutes, and she was featured in the documentary Unlikely. She has helped UIA campuses make significant progress on behalf of their students, including increasing their low-income graduates by 46%, and increasing graduates of color by 85%.

She received her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education, Leadership & Policy from Vanderbilt University.