President, Trower &Trower, Inc.
Education: BA, MBA, University of Iowa
PhD in higher education administration, University of Maryland
Dr. Cathy A. Trower is President of Trower &Trower, Inc., a nonprofit board governance consulting firm. She is author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High Performing Nonprofit Boards and the second edition of Govern More, Manage Less: Harnessing the Power of Your Nonprofit Board. She is co-author with R. Barbara Gitenstein of What Board Members Need to Know about Faculty, and she has written several articles for AGB’s Trusteeship magazine.
Formerly Research Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Trower studied academic leadership, faculty work life, employment issues, policies, and practices including the experiences of faculty through a generational lens, women in STEM disciplines, and underrepresented minorities for sixteen years. Prior to Harvard, Cathy served as a senior-level administrator of business degree programs at Johns Hopkins University; she has also been a faculty member and department chair at a liberal arts college. Trower has published an edited volume on faculty policies, dozens of book chapters, articles, and case studies. Cathy’s latest book about faculty work life and policies is called Success on the Tenure-Track: Five Keys to Faculty Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
Dr. Trower joined the governing board of Wheaton College (MA) in 2012. Trower has served as a consultant and coach to the boards and executives of nearly a hundred nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and healthcare systems, colleges and universities, independent schools, foundations, and community organizations. Cathy is a popular, energetic, and dynamic conference speaker. She has a bachelors and masters of business administration from the University of Iowa and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Maryland.