- Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1970
- B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1963
University Professor David W. Breneman served as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that he served as Dean of the Curry School of Education from 1995 to 2007. He was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1990 to 1995, where he taught graduate courses on the economics and financing of higher education, on liberal arts colleges, and on the college presidency.
As a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution he conducted research for a book, Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered?, published by Brookings in 1994. (He was selected as the recipient of the 1999 Award for Outstanding Service from the Council for Independent Colleges for this work.) From 1983 to 1989, he served as president of Kalamazoo College, a liberal arts college in Michigan. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at Brookings from 1975 to 1983, specializing in the economics of higher education and public policy toward education.
As an an economist, David Breneman’s research interests are in the areas of finance and economics of higher education. His current focus is on recessions and higher education and on efforts to enhance the productivity of U.S. higher education.