National Conference 2016
Keynote Speaker
Thursday, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University

President of Trinity Washington University (DC) since 1989, Patricia McGuire is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education. A passionate advocate for affordable college access, McGuire — a 1974 Trinity grad — often speaks about her own path to postsecondary education. “Full-tuition scholarship was the only way my family could have afforded to send me,” she said recently upon receiving the prestigious Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. “I’ve been paying back ever since.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science, McGuire continued her studies at Georgetown University Law Center, where she later served as assistant dean for development and external affairs and as an adjunct professor of law. She currently serves on numerous boards including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, College Success Foundation – DC, United Educators, and the Ameritas Holding Company. Her prior board service includes the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Meyer Foundation, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.

In 2007 she was named “Leader of the Years” by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. McGuire received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in 2012, and was awarded the Carnegie Award for Academic Leadership from the Carnegie Corporation in 2015.

McGuire holds honorary degrees from Georgetown, Howard University (DC), Liverpool Hope University (UK), the College of New Rochelle (NY), and others.

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