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Patti McGill Peterson

Patti McGill Peterson



Patti McGill Peterson oversees all of ACE's international initiatives, including the implementation of the Council’s recent Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, Mapping Internationalization research project and the Internationalization Collaborative.

Peterson most recently was a senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Prior to joining IHEP, she served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE) from 1997–2007. CIES, a division of IIE, coordinates international educational exchange with 150 nations and assists the U.S. government with the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Previously, Peterson was senior fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs where her work focused on the nonprofit sector and its role in shaping public policy in the United States and abroad.

Peterson is president emerita of Wells College (NY) and St. Lawrence University (NY), where she held presidencies from 1980–96. She served on the faculty of the State University of New York, Syracuse University (NY) and Wells College and was senior fellow at Cornell University's (NY) Institute for Public Affairs.

Peterson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did post-graduate study at Harvard University (MA).