Julian Vasquez Heilig

Provost in Kalamazoo, MI

Julian Vasquez Heilig

Provost in Kalamazoo, MI

View my portfolio

Julian Vasquez Heilig serves as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Michigan University. See his full and CV at bit.ly/ProfJVHcv

His executive leadership background includes improving national rankings, implementing successful enrollment and diversity initiatives and co-creating strategic actions for COVID-19.

His research and practice has been primarily focused on K-12 education curriculum, policy and leadership that impacts equity and innovation. A prolific scholar, he has authored more than 70 publications and spoken at hundreds of events— including more than 30 universities and 7 countries. For almost a decade, he has been ranked among the top 200 education scholars in the nation by Edweek.

Provost Vasquez Heilig has conveyed invited testimony in state and national legislative bodies. He has also served as a volunteer education policy advisor and provided input for presidential and gubernatorial campaigns.

He has volunteered expertise and served in advisory roles for higher education, government, schools, foundations, civil rights organizations, and community advocacy non-profits. He has served on the Executive Committee and as Education Co-Chair for the Kentucky and California NAACP.

Provost Julian Vasquez Heilig has been honored with more than 30 teaching, research and service recognitions including Harvard’s Education Next top ten K-12 education policy voices in social media, Diversity in Education Magazine Multicultural Champion for 2015, and the passage of California Assembly Resolution 1459— which commended his state and national impact in the field of K-12 education. He was also commissioned by Governor Andy Beshear as a Kentucky Colonel in 2022.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post and other print and electronic media outlets. He has also appeared to discuss his research on local and national radio and TV including Al Jazeera, ABC, Fox, CBS, PBS, NBC, NPR, Univision, and MSNBC.

Provost Vasquez Heilig received his Ph.D. in educational administration and policy analysis and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He also earned a master’s in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Michigan.

  • Work
    • Western Michigan University
  • Education
    • Stanford University
    • University of MIchigan