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Tony Chambers
Tony Chambers
Director for Community Well-being, Center for Healthy Minds

Tony Chambers is the Director for Community Well-being at the Center for Healthy Minds. Tony also serves as a Senior Instructor in the department of Counseling Psychology for the Art and Science of Human Flourishing course. He was most recently the Associate Director of the WCER Network in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Tony was appointed and currently serves on the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Equity Stakeholder Council, and the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance (MAGRA).

Prior to working at the University of Wisconsin, Tony was the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin. Before moving to Madison in 2016, Tony was the Chairperson for Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto. During his time in Toronto, Tony also served as Program Coordinator of the Higher Education Program at OISE and the Associate Vice-Provost, Students at the University of Toronto. Tony served as the founding Associate Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Michigan.

In addition to his work at the University of Wisconsin, he has served as a senior administrator and/or faculty member at several higher education institutions including Michigan State University, University of Iowa, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Florida and Illinois State University. He researched and taught in the areas of college student learning, development and success, as well as the social purposes of postsecondary education. Tony also served as a program officer and founding director of the Fellows and Senior Scholars Program at the Fetzer Institute in Michigan. Tony has been awarded several fellowships, including the Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship and the Salzburg Seminar Fellowship, and served on several domestic and international boards and councils focusing on higher education and civic engagement. He has been invited to make presentations at conferences and meetings internationally, and has published widely in various professional journals and edited books.

His publications include the co-edited book, Higher Education for the Public Good: Emerging Voices from a National Movement (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005).


Doctorate - University of Florida
Master's - Illinois State University
Bachelor's - Illinois State University

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