Donald A. Gillespie has a B.A. from Fordham in Political Science, an M.B.A. from Stanford in Public Management, and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was a Maryland Fellow. In addition to work in psychology, he has been a college admissions director and a policy analyst in Washington, D.C., where he served as the special assistant to the administrator of the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the Environmental Protection Agency, as an operation research analyst in central policy office of the Department of Energy, and as a policy analyst at the Washington Office of the College Board. With support from the Ford Foundation and the College Board, he was the designer and principal author of the initial publication in the College Board's annual series Trends in Student Aid. Since 1996, he has been in charge of the Office of Institutional Research at Fordham University, most recently as Associate Vice President.
Dr. Gillespie is a member of three institutional research organizations, and has held a variety of leadership and service positions in each. He was member of the Steering Committee that founded the Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative, served two terms as a member of the Publications Advisory Committee of the Association for Institutional Research, and chaired the Best Paper Committee of the North East Association for Institutional Research.
Dr. Gillespie has also served as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps program, an international volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. NDMV/Americorps supports about 400 volunteers a year and has an annual budget in excess of eight million dollars. He also served on the Scholarship Selection Committees of the Plumbing Industry Promotion Council of New York City. In the 1970’s, he received a commendation from the New York City Human Resources Administration for service to low income and minority students and served as Chairman of the Community Advisory Panel of the Education Assistance Center, a Talent Search agency on the lower east side of Manhattan.