David Shulenburger retired from the position of Vice President for the Association of Public and Land-grant Colleges in 2010 after five years of service to Association. For 13 years prior to that he was Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas, Lawrence and holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Business at KU. His expertise on the economics of research universities, university organization, university accountability and university libraries and scholarly communication is regularly sought after.
While at APLU Shulenburger led the development of a public University accountability system that ultimately was adopted by about two-thirds of U.S. public universities. A version of the success and progress rate is under consideration for adoption by the Associations that represent all public and private universities and community colleges in the U.S.
During his long period of service as Provost and EVC at Kansas Shulenburger led the university through four major budget cycles while thoroughly reorganized the departmental structure of the university and the basis of finance at the university. He succeeded in obtaining annual student government support for a five year program that doubled tuition and produced resources that dramatically enhanced the teaching and research missions of the university. Shulenburger’s expertise in university organization is widely recognized. He has consulted for many organizations, including the University of Missouri, University of Alabama-Birmingham, the Massachusetts and Kansas higher education systems, Hallmark Cards, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.