Brian Gittens, EdD
Dr. Brian Gittens specializes in organizational and leadership development, strategic diversity and inclusion, organizational assessment and analysis, change management, and talent management in support of optimizing organizational performance and quality initiatives. Brian is a human resource professional, researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 29 years of operational and administrative experience. He has successfully led and collaborated on the design and implementation of leadership programs, organization-wide diversity and inclusion programs, and competency assessments.
Brian is also an accomplished executive coach, team developer, and group facilitator and assists organizations with conflict management, team role clarity, leadership program assessment, engagement assessments, and cultural change. Brian has professional and consulting experience with a variety of organizations including the military, higher education, academic medicine, governmental organizations, corporations and non-profits.
Brian is a graduate of the George Washington University (EdD., Higher Education Administration-research focused on leadership development and organizational culture) and Virginia Tech (B.A. Communications and Masters in Public Administration). He is a Certified Senior Professional of Human Resources and graduate of the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program. Brian is certified as an administrator and facilitator of the Center for Creative Leadership’s 360-degree leadership assessment suite and the Belbin Team Role Assessment. He is skilled in focus group assessments and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. He is a former national presenter at the Chair Academy, the American Council on Education, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, and the AAMC Group for Diversity and Inclusion. Currently, Brian is an adjunct professor of Change Management and Organizational Behavior in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program and Vanderbilt’s Higher Education Doctoral Program. Brian has published in academic journals and authored book chapters focused on leadership and organizational culture. He recently served as the Associate Dean for Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion for the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. He is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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