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Deborah Seymour

Vice President of Programs and Research

As vice president for programs and research, Dr. Deborah Seymour is responsible for the development and implementation of all AGB programs, including the National Conference on Trusteeship, as well as the development of new programs to support member needs. She has over 25 years’ experience in diverse environments in higher education, including education design and technology.

Her most recent roles have been as chief academic innovation officer at the American Council on Education (ACE) and independent higher education innovation consultant, in which she consulted for higher education institutions, foundations, and associations. At ACE, she oversaw the Council’s agenda to support the return of the United States to global recognition in post-secondary attainment.

Prior to that, Dr. Seymour taught in the City University of New York system for 15 years. She also served as associate director of the Center for Adult Life & Learning at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, with responsibility for adult education programs and strategic partnerships with multiple external organizations. She also taught at the University of California-Irvine (UCI) and at Orange Coast College. She subsequently became a development officer for the School of Humanities at UCI, before transitioning to Laureate Education. At Laureate, she worked in all facets of product development and product management, both domestically and internationally. Her Laureate career also included research in the area of competency-based education.

Dr. Seymour holds a BA from Hunter College in business and communications and an MPhil and PhD in theoretical linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.

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