John Robichaux is a globally-recognized leader in higher education. Robichaux is known for his commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and academic access in a wide range of university-based academic programming. He is regularly cited at one of the most successful and innovative deans at the world's top universities, having held dean- and executive-level positions at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia, among others. His personal mission statement-- Connecting the Best Minds in the World to the Best Classrooms in the World-- has become a rallying cry for the programs he has led, many of which have witnessed unprecedented successes under his leadership. Robichaux has been at the helm of several of the most significant expansions of educational access for the world's top students and jumps in academic quality at the world's top universities in the past ten years. He is credited with having revolutionized the fields of Summer and Pre-College programs at top academic universities in several key areas, is at the forefront of international education in top academic institutions, and is recognized as one of the world's most prominent leaders in university-based professional-, continuing-, and online education active today. A global leader in transformative academic programming, Robichaux has been at the leading edge of innovative learning initiatives for traditional and non-traditional university students for nearly two decades.

Currently he serves as Executive Director of Summer, Inter-Term, and Pre-College Programs at Columbia University, and Executive Director of Educational Partnerships, Visiting Student, Post-Baccalaureate, Executive Education, Lifelong Learning, and Certificate Programs at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, where he oversees academic programs serving matriculated and visiting graduate and undergraduate students, as well as adult, and pre-college learners, for both the School of Professional Studies and the University as a whole.


Sometimes called "the dean to world's greatest minds," he holds the distinction of being the only active dean and director in these fields to have held leadership positions at four Ivy Plus universities (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Brown), and regularly consults with universities around the world in several areas within higher education. His extraordinary record of success and mission-driven leadership in these areas is marked by a deep commitment to providing the world's best minds greater access to the world's best classrooms, and to provide the programmatic support necessary to ensure that students have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to achieve their highest potential, inside and outside the classroom. 

A dynamic speaker and experienced executive, Dean Robichaux has also created and executed hundreds of trainings related to executive leadership in university, non-profit, and NGO organizations. He regularly consults internationally in the areas of innovative academic programming and educational and non-profit executive leadership.

A Harvard-educated, award-winning Human Rights scholar, Robichaux's academic research focuses on contemporary issues Politics, Ethics and Religion, with particular focus on International Relations and Human Rights. A highly engaging teacher, he regularly offers courses in Political Science, Religious Studies, International Relations, and Human Rights.

He currently splits his time between the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley and New York City.



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