Debra Stewart: What's a future-ready model of graduate education?
Speaker Series - The Future of the University and the Future of Learning
Stewart was president of the Council of Graduate Schools from 2000-2014, and she brings equal doses of perspective and insight to the discussion of how to create compelling and distinctive opportunities for graduate study.
Debra W. Stewart, PhD, is president emerita and senior scholar at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). From 2000 until July 2014, she served as president of CGS. Under her leadership, the Council launched a series of projects designed to strengthen the capacity of universities to prepare graduate students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and was awarded significant funding in competitive grants and gifts to achieve that objective.
Stewart serves on several boards and committees, including currently the Educational Testing Service Board of Trustees, the International Advisory Board of the Freie Universität Berlin, the International Board of ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs Committee.
She has written on a wide array of higher education issues and lectures on higher education, research, and global competitiveness at major universities and education organizations around the world. She is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications on administrative theory, public policy, and education policy.
Prior to joining CGS, Stewart was vice-chancellor and dean of the graduate school at North Carolina State University. She also served as interim chancellor at UNC-Greensboro (1994) and as graduate dean and then vice-provost (1988-1998) at NC State.
Stewart has received honorary doctorates from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (2007) and Loyola University Chicago (2013) and the Distinguished Alumna Award from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008).
Stewart received a PhD in political science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Marquette University.