AGB Welcomes Four Higher Education Leaders to Board of Directors

By AGB September 15, 2022 Press Releases
Press Release

For Immediate Release
Morgan Alexander

WASHINGTON, DC (September 15, 2022)—The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) announced today that Paul Brajcich, Katherine Sawyer, Cynthia Shapira, and David Wilson were elected to the AGB Board of Directors, joining 14 other distinguished leaders. AGB is the premier organization advocating strategic board governance in higher education.

“I am delighted that these individuals have chosen to share their insights, foresight, passion for higher education, and subject matter expertise with AGB,” said AGB Board Chair Beverly Seay. “The future of higher education needs strategic thought partners to help inform, inspire, and oversee their institutions. Paul, Katherine, Cynthia, and David are superb leaders, and they will augment our board’s capacity to strengthen AGB’s value for our members.”

In addition to their positions on AGB’s board, the new directors also serve as higher education leaders at colleges, universities, and institutionally related foundations.

  • Paul Brajcich serves on the board of Gonzaga University in Washington, where he previously served as the board chair. He is also the managing partner for RSM US LLP in the Pacific Northwest, leading the strategy, service implementation, and growth of the company for that part of the country. His experience on several corporate and nonprofit boards gives him deep insight in technology, consumer products, and health care.
  • Katherine Sawyer, CFRE, is the executive director of the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation and the chief advancement officer and associate vice president of marketing and communications at Oakton Community College in Illinois. She is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan geared toward effective donor cultivation. She also provides leadership for the college’s marketing and development programs, including building and managing the college’s brand.
  • Cynthia Shapira, EdD, is the board chair of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), currently undergoing system redesign, and a board vice chair of Brandeis University in Massachusetts. In addition, she is a director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She has more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant serving colleges and universities, public school systems, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • David Wilson, EdD, is the 10th president of Morgan State University in Maryland. As president, Wilson leads one of the state’s four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Under his leadership, the university generated the highest graduation rate in its history. Further, Wilson has authored two books and more than 20 articles in scholarly journals and other publications. Wilson is the first HBCU president to serve on the AGB board in its 101-year history.

“I am humbled by the accomplishments and depth of experience that these new board members bring to AGB,” said AGB President and CEO Henry Stoever. “AGB constantly works to empower college, university, and foundation boards and board members to govern with knowledge and confidence and to serve as strategic thought partners focused on long-term institutional vitality and equitable student success. Our Board of Directors is a key component of the association’s future success.”

About AGB
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Through our vast library of resources, educational events, and consulting services, and with 100 years of experience, we empower 40,000 AGB members from more than 2,000 institutions and foundations to navigate complex issues, implement leading practices, streamline operations, and govern with confidence. AGB is the trusted resource for board members, chief executives, and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership.


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