President of Excelsior College
LPD, Northeastern University
Sandler Fellowship in Education, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
John F. Ebersole, LPD, is president of Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., one of the oldest accredited, private, nonprofit distance education institutions in the country. In his 25 year career in higher education, Dr. Ebersole's personal experience as a post-traditional student has formed his approach to adult education.
Dr. Ebersole has held teaching and management positions at John F. Kennedy University and Boston University, as well as management positions at the University of California – Berkeley and Colorado State University. He developed the "Berkeley Worldwide" international education program; the Colorado State University "CSUN" Network for Learning; and Boston University's "BU Global."
A retired Coast Guard commander and Vietnam veteran, Ebersole began his college education while in the military. In addition to being a graduate of the Naval War College, he earned a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University; an EdS from The George Washington University; and master's degrees in both business and public administration from John F. Kennedy University. He has served as a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he conducted research into innovation in higher education.
Dr. Ebersole serves as Chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges' Corporate Council. He is a former board member of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (New York). In 2014, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the United States Distance Learning Association.
A former president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Ebersole is co-author (with William Patrick) of Courageous Learning: Finding A New Path Through Higher Education (Hudson Whitman Press, 2011).