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N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.

Karl is the founder and President of AAL. A consulting and professional development firm, AAL has worked with over 125 U.S. and international higher education institutions, associations, and businesses through professional development programs and consulting services. His areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, team building, and strategic planning. As an entrepreneur, Karl has established three successful companies ranging from consulting to informatics. Previous to starting AAL in 2005, Karl served as Associate Executive Director and Director of the Center for Educational Policy and Research at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). For 16 years, he directed the ADEA Leadership Institute, a premier leadership development program in health professions education. He has authored or coauthored over 80 published articles and monographs.  Karl is the author, along with AAL Fellow Rob Jenkins, of The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential (Deeds, 2015). Dr. Haden is a Fellow (Hon.) of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas. Karl was recognized by the ADEAGies Foundation as the 2017 recipient of the Gies Award for Achievement-Public or Private Partner. Karl holds degrees in business management, religious studies, and humanities, plus a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

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