Drumm McNaughton, Senior Consultant, AGB Consulting

Dr. Drumm McNaughton

Dr. Drumm McNaughton


Dr. Drumm McNaughton is a higher education innovator who brings both government and private sector experience to his consulting clients. With P&L experience in multiple industries, his leadership has stimulated transformation and propelled double-digit growth in higher ed institutions, startups, and Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive international experience, having lived overseas 19 years and worked in and traveled to 50+ countries, and his change initiatives and counsel have resulted in over $500 million to organizations’ bottom line.

Drumm is a highly sought-after consultant in the area of board governance. Levering his 15+ years of board service, including having chaired a higher education institution’s Nominating and Governance Committee, he brings a deep understanding of higher education governance to his clients. For example, he recently advised a higher education board whose institution had been placed on probation two times by its accreditor for a lack of board independence and operational integrity, and they were able to get off probation with flying colors.

His higher education experience includes private, public, and for-profit institutions in multiple board and executive roles; his areas of expertise include board and faculty governance, strategic management (planning and implementation), enterprise risk management, change management, merger & alliances, accreditation, crisis recovery and turnarounds, and leadership development and executive coaching. Click here to learn more about his expertise and services, or to listen to his higher education podcast Changing Higher Ed.

Professional Credentials

Drumm McNaughton is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he majored in physics, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate Institute in Human & Organization Systems. He has been a Certified Management Consultant® for nearly 20 years and was awarded a Fellow and a Lifetime Member from the Institute of Management Consultants USA. Additionally, he is a Board Leadership Fellow from the National Association of Corporate Directors.