Michael K. McLendon
Dean of the School of Education, Baylor University
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Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., serves as the tenth Dean of Baylor University’s School of Education, and holds the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Policy. Named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes substantially to public debates around education, Dr. McLendon writes extensively on matters of public policy, governance and finance for higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He advises governors, legislatures and national and state organizations on topics ranging from college costs, state funding and governance to ways of improving student success, institutional effectiveness and accountability in higher education. An award-winning instructor, Dr. McLendon has served on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and as an associate or a consulting editor for the field's flagship journals.
Before joining Baylor in 2015, Dean McLendon held the Harold and Annette Simmons Centennial Endowed Chair and served as the academic associate dean at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Previously, he was the executive associate dean and chief of staff at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, on whose faculty he served for thirteen years as a professor of public policy and higher education.
A seventh generation Texan, Dr. McLendon earned his Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in higher education from Florida State University, and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University. His early professional experiences include having worked as an aide to a member of the United States Senate and as a policy analyst with the Higher Education Committee of the Florida House of Representatives.
- Ph.D. Higher Education Policy, University of Michigan
- M.S. Higher Education, Florida State University
- B.A. Political Science, Baylor University
Publications, Speeches and Presentations
- McLendon, M.K., D. Tandberg, & N. Hillman. (In press). Financing college opportunity: An analysis of factors influencing state spending on student financial aid and campus appropriations from 1990 to 2012. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
- Perna, L.W., M.K. McLendon, & M. Klein. (In Press). State policies and higher education attainment: Insights and implications for state policymakers. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
- McLendon, M.K., & Hearn, J.C. (2013). The resurgent interest in performance-based funding for higher education. Academe.
- Hearn, J.C., McLendon, M.K., & Lacy, A. (2013). State-funded “Eminent Scholars” programs: University faculty recruitment as an emerging policy instrument. The Journal of Higher Education, 84(5), 601-639.
- McLendon, M.K., C. Mokher, & S.M. Flores. (2011). Legislative agenda-setting for in-state resident tuition policies: Immigration, representation, and educational access. American Journal of Education, 117(4), 563-602.
- Hearn, J.C. & McLendon, M.K. (2011). Governance: Toward new models and methods for understanding postsecondary governance. In M. Bastedo’s (ed.) Governing the University. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- McLendon, M.K., & Hearn, J.C. (2010). Openness laws, institutional governance, and democracy. Politics and access to state information about higher education. Teacher’s College Record, 112(10), 2649-2663.
- Doyle, W., McLendon, M.K., & Hearn, J.C. (2010). Why states adopted prepaid tuition and college savings programs: An event history analysis. Research in Higher Education, 51(7).
- McLendon, M.K., Mokher, C.G., & Doyle, W. (2009). Privileging public research universities: The political economy of state appropriations to higher education. Journal of Education Finance, 34(4), 372-401.
- McLendon, M.K., Hearn, J.C., & Mokher, C. (2009). Partisans, professionals, and power: The role of political factors in state higher education funding. The Journal of Higher Education, 80(6), 686-713.
- McLendon, M.K., Heller, D.E., & Lee, S. (2009). High school to college transition policies in the states: Conceptual and analytic perspectives on conducting across-state study. Educational Policy, 23(2), 385-418.
- McLendon, M.K., & Mokher, C. (2009). The origins and spread of state policies privatizing public higher education. In C. Morphew and P. Eckel (Ed.). Privatization of the public research university. (pp. 24-62). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- McLendon, M.K., & Hearn, J.C. (2009). Viewing recent U.S. governance reform whole: “Decentralization” in a distinctive context. In J. Huisman (Ed.). International perspectives on the governance of higher education. (pp. 161-181). New York: Routledge.
- McLendon, M.K., R. Deaton, & J.C. Hearn. (2007). The enactment of state-level governance reforms for higher education: A test of the political-instability hypothesis. The Journal of Higher Education, 78(6), 645-675.
McLendon, M.K., J.C. Hearn, J.C., & R. Deaton. (2006). Called to account: Analyzing the origins and spread of state performance-accountability policies for higher education. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(1), 1-24.