Julian Vasquez Heilig, PhD

Dean and Professor
Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
University of Kentucky

Julian Vasquez Heilig leads nearly 3,000 students, staff and faculty as the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. He is also a tenured professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. He has held six higher education leadership roles in departmental, program, association, and center settings. While at UK, the College of Education achieved its highest-ever U.S. News national ranking (top 30 among public colleges of education and top 15 overall in the nation online), implemented successful enrollment and diversity initiatives, and co-created strategic planning.

Dean Vasquez Heilig has been consistently committed to and contributed to improving Latino communities and their opportunities. In the last decade, he has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles, chapters, reports, and law reviews primarily focused on equity and access. He has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post, and other print and electronic media outlets. He has also appeared to discuss his research on local and national radio and TV including CBS, PBS, NBC, NPR, Univision, and MSNBC. 

He has been honored with more than 30 teaching, research, and service recognitions. He was selected for the precursor AAHHE Fellowship in 1998, Harvard’s Education Next top ten education voices, Diversity in Education Magazine’s 2015 Multicultural Champion, and the passage of California Assembly Resolution 1459— which commended his impact on education policy.

Dean Vasquez Heilig received his Ph.D. in educational policy analysis and administration and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He also earned a master’s in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Michigan.