Dr. Merrill P. Schwartz is senior vice president for AGB Consulting for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Dr. Schwartz’s 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. She is a frequent presenter at AGB and other higher education association conferences and a regular contributor to Trusteeship magazine. 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 has also managed book projects and conferences, and served as the liaison to AGB’s Board Professionals Leadership Group, a corps of volunteers that develops professional development opportunities for 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, a nonprofit educational organization with an experiential learning curriculum in Washington, DC.
Dr. Schwartz earned her BA and MPA degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her PhD from the University of Maryland.