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Blake Naughton

Senior Fellow


Blake Naughton is a Senior Fellow at NCHEMS, collaborating on projects to improve how universities serve learners, organizations, and communitiesHe has over 25 years of experience in academia and government service, including a decade in executive roles, most recently as vice president for engagement and extension at Colorado State University (CSU) from 2019 to 2022. Blake has taught in a breadth of higher education institutions, from public community colleges to private research universities, in courses such as management, policy, education, and technical subjects, from non-credit to doctoral levelsOutside of academia, he has worked in higher education policy as a research associate at the Missouri Department of Higher Education, a policy analyst at the National Center for Higher Education and Public Policy, and as an analyst in education and labor policy for the Congressional Research ServiceBlake is currently a professor of human development and extension specialist in workforce development at CSU, where he focuses on how individual fulfillment and work-based lifelong learning lead to organizational success. His expertise is in optimizing organizational policies and operations to effectively promote equity, engagement, and excellence. 

Education & Training

Blake earned a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education, along with an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of EducationHis undergraduate degree was in science and technology policy from Stanford. 

Outside Interests

In addition to a love of traveling, Blake enjoys taking advantage of life in Colorado through biking, hiking, and skiing with his wife and two daughters.   

Why I Work With NCHEMS

After studying industrial engineering, I realized that instead of helping factories to make money, I wanted to help colleges and universities to expand opportunity. So my career is all about policy, leadership, and systems to help universities run betterThat’s why I love NCHEMS and the center’s focus on evolving higher education policy and practice to expand educational opportunity.