BA 2005, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Public and Urban Affairs
MS 2007, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Higher Education Administration
PhD 2015, University at Buffalo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Gavin is currently the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Campus Compact. The Wisconsin Campus Compact is a coalition of Wisconsin’s leading colleges and universities dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning. As a practitioner-scholar, Gavin has experience working in and with educational non-profits, school systems, and universities to both run programs and build systems-wide service coordination and reform capacity. This work links back to his main research interest of how universities can catalyze school and neighborhood transformation. As Coordinator of Educational Programs for the Center for Urban Studies from 2011-2015, Gavin provided oversight of all educational programs including the Futures Academy Community as Classroom Program, UB Summer Academic Camp on Neighborhood Development, and the Neighborhood Development Internship Program. In this capacity, Gavin was also Co-Guest Editor of a themed issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, “Higher Education’s Role and Capacity to Assist with Public School Reform.” Before joining the CENTER, Gavin worked at the United Way of Greater Knoxville (2010-2011) and the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (2006-2010).