As vice president for government and public affairs, Mr. Timothy J. McDonough directs AGB’s policy activities, public affairs and strategic communications, and trustee advocacy initiatives. He is a recognized leader in American higher education with more than 30 years of experience in association and nonprofit executive management, public policy, and strategic communications.
Prior to joining AGB in January 2017, Mr. McDonough provided 18 years of executive leadership and strategic positioning on both national and international issues for the American Council on Education (ACE) and its 1,800-member college and university presidents—work that included setting strategic direction on matters of public policy and communication, providing advice and counsel to national association executives, and leading national outreach campaigns. He left ACE as vice president for communications.
Before joining ACE in 1998, he served for four years as vice president for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Prior to joining NAICU, he held a number of positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, including director of development communications and associate editor of public affairs in the Office of Institutional Advancement and alumni director for the College of Business and Management. Previously, he was public relations director of Washington Journalism Review, the monthly media magazine published by the University of Maryland's College of Journalism.
Mr. McDonough has served on the board of directors of the Education Writers Association, the national professional organization of education reporters, as well as the Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network. He holds a BA in government from Georgetown University and an MA in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.