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McDonough Named Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for AGB

Feb 16, 2017

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) today announced the appointment of Timothy J. McDonough as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.

McDonough, who will direct AGB’s public policy and advocacy agenda, has over 30 years of experience in higher education associations and institutions, most recently serving as Vice President for Communications with the American Council of Education since 1998. Previously he was Vice President for Public Affairs with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

"While AGB has engaged in public policy debates at the state and national levels for many years, we recognize the need to heighten our advocacy efforts and reassert higher education’s value to an increasingly skeptical public,” said Richard Legon, AGB President. “We are pleased that Tim has decided to join our association and play a central role in the important conversations ahead."

McDonough will lead AGB’s efforts to broaden the nation’s awareness of higher education’s value through a more aggressive awareness-building effort and related outreach. 

Prior to joining NAICU, McDonough held 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 (now known as the Robert H. Smith School of Business).

Previously, McDonough was public relations director of Washington Journalism Review, a monthly media magazine formerly published by the University of Maryland's College of Journalism (now known as the Philip Merrill College of Journalism). He 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.

McDonough earned a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. 

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier organization centered on governance in higher education, serving the governing boards of over 2,000 public and private institutions, public university systems, and foundations. The Association strives to continuously advance the practice of governance by designing and instilling best practices and advocating nationally on issues that affect higher education through research, advocacy, and advisory services that inform and engage its members.

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