Michelle Bligh

Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Michelle Bligh is Executive Vice President and Provost of Claremont Graduate University. Prior to becoming Provost, she served five years as Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation and as Professor of Organizational Behavior. From 2014-2016 she served as Professor of Leadership at NEOMA Business School in France, where she was Co-Founder and Academic Director of the Center for Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness (CLEO).

Her research interests focus on charismatic leadership, gender, interpersonal influence, and followership. She has been published in over two dozen academic journals, and she was recognized by The Leadership Quarterly as one of the top 50 most cited authors of the last decade. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of The Leadership Quarterly and is an Associate Editor of Leadership and Group and Organization Management.

Dr. Bligh has taught leadership and change management around the globe, including Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America. She regularly consults with organizations in the areas of leadership development, followership, organizational culture, and change management in a variety of industries, including law enforcement, finance, healthcare, and real estate.