Bruce H. Craven

Program Director

Executive Education

Adjunct Associate Professor


Bruce Craven

4th Floor Armstrong




Teaching and research interest

As Program Director of the Columbia Senior Executive Program (CSEP), Bruce partners with the Faculty Director and the on-site and off-site Columbia teams and works with visiting faculty and conference center staff to deliver a transformational educational opportunity for the executive participants. He also has responsibility in the leadership of the pre- and post-program effort of the CSEP executive education team, including serving as a coach to CSEP graduates.

Concurrent with his work in executive education, he has pursued a career as a writer; his credits include a published novel and produced screenplay. He also serves on the boards for Roy’s Desert Resource Center and Family Services of the Desert; both organizations offer food, shelter, resources and guidance to individuals and families in need in the Coachella Valley in California.

In 2012, he launched the Columbia M.B.A. course “Leadership through Fiction”. The course uses fictional narratives in novels, plays and film clips as the source material to study issues and solutions to challenges in leadership.

He received a B.A. in Politics and Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Desert Hot Springs, California.