Maureen Devlin

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Maureen Devlin

Independent Higher Education Consultant; Senior Fellow, Higher Education and Workforce Programs, Public Agenda; former Associate Director, Forum for the Future of Higher Education
Independent Consultant

Maureen E. Devlin is an independent higher education consultant whose work centers on generating knowledge and insights to guide higher education leaders’ decision making, chiefly in the areas of leadership, financial sustainability, and academic workforce management. Her clients include the TIAA Institute, Public Agenda, Forum for the Future of Higher Education, HCM Strategists, and the John S. and James L. Knight and Spencer foundations, among others.

Devlin also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education and Workforce Program at Public Agenda, which is committed to forging common ground and improving collaboration on key issues in higher education. She earned her A.B. in government at Harvard College and M.A. in sport administration at The Pennsylvania State University.

Professional Achievements

  • Serves as senior advisor to the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, a think tank at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Served as executive director of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and was affiliated with the commission for nearly 20 years.
  • Authored or edited more than two dozen books, reports and other publications.


September 2022
Title IX is powerful legislation. In a single sentence it precipitated a sea change for girls’ and women’s sports participation nationwide. But the data reveal there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equity, and more progress is long overdue.
December 2017
Higher education leaders are continually urged to innovate as they guide their institutions into the future. This compendium of research and best practices explains how successful institutions have translated this call to action into tangible results.
March 2017
Today’s student body represents a vast spectrum of backgrounds, values and beliefs—which presents a unique set of challenges for leaders striving to meet changing student needs.