Brent Bilodeau, Ph.D.,VP College and University Relations

Dr. Bilodeau brings over 30 years of experience in higher education leadership to the Learner’s Group, emphasizing collaboration, inclusion, and engagement in all that he does. He has held wide-ranging administrative leadership positions in student affairs, most recently serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Bilodeau has previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University LGBTQ+ Resource Center and as a staff member in the MSU Student Affairs Multicultural Development Office. He has also served in positions in university housing, student leadership development, and student life.

Dr. Bilodeau’s campus diversity efforts are marked by collaboration with academic affairs on student success and retention initiatives, particularly those concerned underserved students. While at UW-Whitewater, he was the recipient of three Outstanding Faculty-Staff Awards for his support of the Black Student Union, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Latino Fraternity, and IMPACT, the campus LGBTQ+ student organization.

Dr. Bilodeau’s research agenda has included campus diversity and campus climate, student belongingness, and non-cognitive variable aspects of student learning. A sample of published work includes Developing gender-inclusive facilitation: Understanding genderism in L. Landreman, Ed., The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections from Social Justice Educators, and the book, Genderism: Transgender Students, Binary Systems and Higher Education. He has also engaged in research on GLBT student identity development at three South African Universities.  

His scholarship has been recognized with the American Educational Research Association’s Scholar-Activist Dissertation Award, the National Association for Student Personnel Association’s GLBT Knowledge Community Research Award and University of Wisconsin System “PB Poorman Pride Award” for his work on advancing the concerns of GLBTQ+ people on campus.

Dr. Bilodeau has wide-ranging experience as a diversity and inclusion educator, including the nation-wide campus NCAA diversity education project. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership Masters program at UW-Whitewater. His course teaching and co-teaching have included Introduction to Higher Education Leadership; Diversity and Equity in Higher Education; and Comparative Higher Education Travel Study, a course focusing on examining international systems of higher education, with Ecuadorian higher education reform as a primary comparison point.

Dr. Bilodeau is inspired to devote this phase of his career to the mission and vision of the Learner’s Group.