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Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels
Executive Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) & Associate Vice President, APLU


  • September 19, 2016
  • APLU's Julia Michaels will examine lessons learned from innovation across urban public research universities. Michaels will present on Urban Universities for HEALTH, which aims to build a diverse health and biomedical research workforce to address health disparities. 
  • May 1, 2019
  • Julia Michaels, Deputy Director of APLU's Center for Public University Transformation, was a panelist at two sessions at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference on April 8, alongside four institutions from the Big 10, Urban, and Metropolitan clusters of the association's Powered by Publics initiative. The panels showcased each university’s student success work and how peer collaboration through Powered by Publics is helping them accelerate change on campus.

  • October 14, 2019
  • Julia Michaels, Deputy Executive Director of the APLU Center for Public University Transformation, presented on how universities participating in APLU’s Powered by Publics are advancing college access, equity, and completion at College Completion Summit on October 1.

  • December 8, 2021
  • Julia Michaels, Executive Director of APLU’s Center for Public University Transformation, presented on student success efforts at the National Association of System Heads Big ReThink Conference on December 8.

Julia Michaels is Executive Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) & Associate Vice President, APLU. In this role she engages networks of universities, professional associations, and other higher education stakeholders to bring student success solutions to scale. She has designed collaborative learning experiences for leaders, conducted research studies to improve evidence for higher education innovations, and drafted numerous proposals for grant funding. Prior to APLU, Julia worked for the Annette Strauss Center for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin and the Oregon University System. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Olaf College.