Valerie Kinloch, professor and Renée and Richard Goldman Endowed Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was named to City & State Pennsylvania’s 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list. She was ranked No. 34 in the state.
The annual ranking recognizes leaders for their impact on higher education in Pennsylvania. The 2023 group included college deans, presidents and chancellors, government officials, and leaders of higher education-related associations and nonprofits.
In the announcement, City & State Pennsylvania recognized Kinloch for her commitment to equity and justice:
“Racial equity, justice and innovation are priorities at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, thanks to the initiatives of Dean Valerie Kinloch. As chief investigator for the Shifting Power in Educational Research and Development Initiative, she is creating a model that centers Black and Hispanic perspectives in educational research. Kinloch has also led two initiatives aimed at increasing the pipeline of Black teachers: Practices of Freedom, a training program, and the Genius, Joy, and Love summer academy.”
Others from Pitt who made the ranking were Chancellor Patrick Gallagher (No. 6) and School of Medicine Dean Anantha Shekhar (No. 26).
“Along with Chancellor Gallagher and Dean Shekhar, I am honored to once again be recognized by City & State Pennsylvania in their annual Higher Education Power 100 list,” said Kinloch. “This recognition means a lot to me, especially for the type of research, leadership, and engagement work that I am committed to doing in the world. It also speaks to the collective impact of our efforts at the University of Pittsburgh and in our School of Education. We are a school that is positively transforming education in our region, across the state, and beyond through our commitments to equity, justice, and innovation.”
In 2022, Kinloch was ranked No. 36 on the City & State Pennsylvania Higher Education Power 100 list.
In addition to the City & State Pennsylvania Higher Education Power ranking, she was recently named one of the top 200 most impactful education scholars in the nation by the 2023 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.