N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.
Dr. Haden is President and CEO of AAL. Since AAL’s founding in 2005, Dr. Haden and AAL have worked with more than 150 U.S. and international higher education institutions, associations, and businesses through AAL’s professional development programs and consulting services. Dr. Haden oversees ongoing leadership development initiatives for numerous organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Dental Education Association, the Dental Trade Alliance, and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. His areas of expertise include leadership, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, curriculum development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Haden has authored or coauthored more than 80 articles and monographs. He is the author,
along with AAL Senior Fellow Rob Jenkins, of The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders: Unlocking
Your Leadership Potential (Deeds, 2015) and 31 Days with the Virtues (Deeds, 2020).
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. In 2017, he was honored by the ADEAGies Foundation as
recipient of the Gies Award for Achievement-Public or Private Partner. In 2019, he received the
Professionalism and Ethics Award from the American College of Dentists. He holds degrees in
religious studies, humanities, and philosophy.