Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Michael R. Cunningham

Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Threshold Ventures

Michael Cunningham's Bio

Michael R. Cunningham has served on the Sanford Burnham Prebys Board of Trustees since 2023.

From 2013 to 2023, Cunningham served as both chancellor of the National University System, a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving a diverse population of 45,000 students, including pre-K-12 and working professionals, and president of San Diego-based National University.

Previously, he was dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University and a longtime business executive who founded Cunningham Graphics International, (CGII:NASDAQ) which provided printing services to financial companies worldwide.

Cunningham has served in many advisory roles, among them: New York University (NYU) Trustee, executive committee member of the Association of Independent California College and Universities; education committee member for the California Chamber of Commerce; member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and on the board of governors for the Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of leadership development programs.

He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from New York University. 

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