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Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. He also coordinates the higher education specialization of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Dr. McClure earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the department, Dr. McClure held various professional positions in academic affairs and international programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is active and in several professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. McClure is an expert in higher education finance, administration, and management. He is an expert in college affordability, privatization, student housing, and public regional universities. His research can be found in print or forthcoming in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Student Financial Aid, Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, Philanthropy & Education, Innovative Higher Education, Policy Futures in Education, Academe, International Journal of Educational Development, and Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. A regular blogger, he has authored opinion and advice pieces for popular outlets like The Chronicle of Higher Education. Recent research projects include a study of patterns in giving by philanthropic foundations to higher education institutions, which won the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s 2016 John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. He is also actively working on several projects examining the role of public regional universities in higher education access and affordability.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington


  • 2014 
    University of Maryland, College Park, PhD/International Education Policy