Brandon Busteed

CEO, BrandEd

Brandon Busteed, Advisory Board, is the CEO of BrandEd and an education and workforce development expert. His mission is to help U.S. higher education adapt, grow, and thrive. 

He most recently served as president of Kaplan University Partners, leading Kaplan’s work serving U.S. colleges and universities, leveraging the organization’s highly-diversified, global educational offerings and insights. 

Prior to Kaplan, Brandon was Global Head of Public Sector at Gallup — serving higher education, government and foundations. In that role, Brandon led dozens of ground-breaking studies and consulted with hundreds of higher ed leaders. 

Brandon was the founder and CEO of Outside The Classroom, one of the country’s first successful Ed Tech companies which was acquired by EverFi in 2011. Its flagship online courses on alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention have been taken by more than 10 million college students.

An internationally known speaker and author on education and workforce development, Brandon has published more than 100 articles and keynoted more than 200 conferences.  He was named a LinkedIn “Top Voice” in education for 2018, and is a frequent contributor for  

Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University where he was also a two-sport Division 1 athlete. He received an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Brandon is a current member of the Business-Higher Education Forum — the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce.