Dr. M. Peter McPherson
Dr. M. Peter McPherson is president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Its 215 academic institution members enroll more than 3.6 million students and award approximately a half-million degrees annually. In addition to NASULGC, Dr. McPherson serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Dow Jones and Company.
Dr. McPherson served a chair of the Lincoln Commission that was created by Congress to consider ways to greatly increase the number of students who study abroad. The Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which came out of the commission, is now awaiting Senate approval before it goes to the President’s Office. The Act, once funded, will provide the opportunity for one million students to study abroad each year.
Prior to joining NASULGC, Dr. McPherson was president of Michigan State University where he built one of the largest study abroad programs in the country. During his tenure, he took a six month leave to serve as the Director of Economic Policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq.
Before Michigan State, Dr. McPherson served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, 1987-89; as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 1981-87; and as a Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford, 1974-77.
Dr. McPherson received a B.A. from Michigan State University, an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a J.D. from American University.