Dr. Merrill Schwartz is the senior vice president for AGB Consulting. Her primary responsibilities include managing a consulting practice of governance experts serving AGB member colleges, universities, systems, and foundations. As a member of AGB’s leadership team, she contributes to achieving the organization’s strategic goals. Previously, Dr. Schwartz served as the director of research for AGB and was responsible for conducting research on and writing about trusteeship, governance, and the academic presidency. She also managed book projects and conferences and served as the liaison to AGB’s Board Professionals Leadership Group, a corps of volunteers that works with AGB to address the professional development needs of its members.
Prior to joining AGB, Dr. Schwartz worked for almost a decade as a faculty member, director of institutional relations, and ultimately director of internships at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Maryland and an MPA and BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The subject of her dissertation was Assessing the Performance of Academic Presidents.