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Linda Kligman, Ph.D.

Vice President for Administration

International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)


Linda Kligman, Ph.D. serves on the cabinet of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, the first accredited graduate school wholly devoted to this new field. She is intrigued by the study and implementation of relational approaches to creating more inclusive and participatory decision making. As Vice President for Administration, she provides leadership for strategic planning, collaboration with their associated organizations, and fosters a climate that nurtures respect, innovation, and excitement.

In 2020, Linda earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership and a specialization in Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies. Her dissertation, Widening Circles: A Grounded Theory Study of Workplace Leadership, received two honors from Union Institute and University: The Marvin B. Sussman Award for originality, interdisciplinarity, and social relevance in scholarship; and the Virgil A. Wood Award for excellence advancing the legacy of Martin Luther King. She holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Appropriate Technology, both from Drexel University, and a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School.

Linda has two decades of experience in community leadership and raising awareness for purposes dear to her heart. She worked with LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Center as instructor and consultant, was principal of a marketing firm, executive director of a community-revitalization agency, and has won regional awards for successful fundraisers supporting critical social services. Even more dear to her heart are her relationships as mother, daughter, partner, stepmom, sister, colleague, and friend.

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