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Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D.

December 30, 1899


139x200-peterson-headshot.jpgSenior Fellow, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement​

Patti McGill Peterson is senior fellow at the American Council on Education (ACE).  From 2011 -2016, she oversaw all of ACE’s international initiatives and headed the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.

Prior to joining ACE, she was senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) whose mission is to increase student access and success in postsecondary education. From 1997-2007, she served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE). CIES, a division of IIE, administers the worldwide Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the US government.

Patti is president emerita of Wells College and St. Lawrence University, where she held presidencies from 1980-97. As a tribute to her leadership at Wells, the Patti McGill Peterson Chair in social sciences was established.  At St. Lawrence, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies was named in her honor.  She has served on the faculty of the State University of New York, Syracuse University and Wells College and was senior fellow at Cornell University's Institute for Public Affairs.

She has held prominent international and national leadership positions.  Patti served as chair of the US-Canada Commission for Educational Exchange, the National Women’s College Coalition, the Public Leadership Education Network, and ACE’s Commission on Leadership Development and Academic Administration and is a past president of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the state of New York.

Patti holds a bachelor of arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University and master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did postgraduate study at Harvard University.​


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