Fleming is a Senior Director and Speaker in EAB’s Research Advisory Services group. As the head of this group’s advancement division, he presents and discusses EAB’s strategic research at national meetings and on college campuses across the United States, Canada, and the UK. Fleming works with a diverse range of audiences, including board members, deans, advancement officers, and higher ed. administrators in colleges, universities, and university systems. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Fleming served as a higher-education consultant at Huron Consulting Group, assisting major research universities in their efforts to expand their funded-research portfolios and to comply with regulations regarding the use of federal funding. Fleming has also taught Harvard Negotiation Project principles to Wall Street investment banks and has served as teaching and research assistants at Cornell, Boston, Columbia, and Oxford Universities. Fleming and his wife live in South Carolina. He enjoys wine-tasting, croquet, fiction-writing, and fly-fishing and is an aspiring bee-keeper.
Fleming received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where his research focused on the importance of community and institutional culture in the design and implementation of land & economic-development plans in developing countries. This research involved collaboration with government officials, NGOs, academics, and community members in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. This work earned him an invitation to the United Nations and an award for outstanding human-welfare research, and his ongoing research and writing in this field has included conference presentations, peer-reviewed book chapters, and a radio show. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Fleming received an MA in Higher Education from Columbia University, where he studied education law, university operations, theories of learning, and curriculum development. He also holds law degrees from Cambridge in England and Boston University, as well as an MBA from Cornell and a BA with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa and the UK Teaching Fellowship.