Lee Gardner, a senior writer, covers the management of the university and how leaders navigate change.
He formerly served as editor of the Finance and Policy section, overseeing The Chronicle‘s coverage of state and federal government, for-profit colleges, and the business of higher education. Before joining The Chronicle, in May 2012, Gardner spent nine years as editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper. Under his stewardship, the newspaper won numerous awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. In addition to prior stints as arts editor and music editor at the City Paper, he also worked as a staff writer at the alternative weekly Metro Pulse and an assistant editor at Whittle Communications.
Gardner earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Towson University. He lives in Baltimore with his family.
Stories by this Author
When It Comes to College Closures, the Sky Is Never Going to FallAre you tired of reading nearly annual predictions of a looming wave of colleges shutting down? Not nearly as tired as one Chronicle reporter.
College Budget Woes
Colleges Fear Cost of Doing Business Will Become Much CostlierInflation, enrollment woes, and increasing intolerance of tuition increases have made this budget season especially difficult.
The Gloves Are Off
Flagships Across the Country Prosper While Regional Colleges WitherThe gap is widening. Who wants to attend a hollowed-out college?
IUPUI at a Crossroads
Why Is a Large Public University Splitting?Indiana and Purdue Universities’ joint campus in Indianapolis was bifurcated from the beginning.
The Mystery of Short-Term CredentialsColleges and lawmakers tout them as a speedway to good jobs. Where’s the data to prove it?
The Perilous Predicament of the Very Small CollegeMany campuses with fewer than 1,000 students survived the pandemic on fumes. What’s next?
An Adult Student’s Hard LessonsMore than 39 million Americans have some college and no degree. What will it take to get them graduated?
Loan-Forgiveness Debate Rekindles an Old Question: Why Does College Cost So Much?The answers aren’t so simple.
One of Higher Ed’s Hardest Jobs Is Getting Tougher. Blame Political Interference.University-system leaders must navigate America’s most divisive period in half a century.