Presidents Council Leadership

Higher Education Presidents Council Chair

Shirley Tilghman

Shirley Tilghman

President Emerita, Princeton University

Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001 after serving on the Princeton faculty for 15 years.  Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty.During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London.  She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Simons Foundation. She serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute, and a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.


Leadership Team

The Chair is joined by other current sitting and emeritus presidents.

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita of Spelman College


Carolyn “Biddy” Martin

Carolyn “Biddy” Martin

President of Amherst College


Eduardo Padrón,

Eduardo Padrón

President Emeritus of Miami Dade College


Eric Kaler,

Eric Kaler

President Emeritus of the University of Minnesota


Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

President of the University of California


Jonathan Alger

Jonathan Alger

President of James Madison University


Kathryn “Kate” A. Foster,

Kathryn “Kate” A. Foster

President of The College of New Jersey


Lawrence “Larry” S. Bacow,

Lawrence “Larry” S. Bacow

President of Harvard University


Mitchell E. Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels

President of Purdue University


Pam Eddinger

Pam Eddinger 

President of Bunker Hill Community College


Rebecca “Becky” Blank

Rebecca “Becky” Blank

President of the University of Wisconsin–Madison


Ronald J. Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels

President of Johns Hopkins University


Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons

President of Prairie View A&M University


Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith

President of Swarthmore College


Staff

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman

Executive Director, 
ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation

Stephanie King

Stephanie King

Director, Strategic Initiatives,
ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation