Cathy A. Trower

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Cathy A. Trower

Trower & Trower, Inc.

Cathy A. Trower is president of Trower & Trower, Inc., a board governance consulting firm, through which she has provided consulting and coaching services to over 160 nonprofits. She was formerly research director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied academic leadership, shared governance, and faculty issues. She also served as a senior-level administrator of business degree programs at Johns Hopkins University.

Trower has published an edited volume on faculty policies, as well as dozens of book chapters, articles, and case studies. She has her B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Professional Achievements

  • Serves on three nonprofit boards: Wheaton College (MA), BoardSource (Washington, DC), and Riverwoods (a continuing care retirement community in Exeter, NH).
  • Author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High Performing Nonprofit Boards (Jossey Bass 2013).
  • Former faculty member and department chair at a liberal arts college.


October 2016
Since the financial crisis of 2008, board agendas have been dominated by financial and enrollment concerns. Yet boards can also play a key role in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
May 2011
Academic institutions and faculty are pressured today from multiple directions as the federal government demands greater accountability, states cut budgets, tuition payers demand more, granting agencies become more selective and trustees apply more pressure and scrutinize more closely.
May 2011
The engagement, productivity, and vitality of the faculty are extremely important to the success of academic institutions in fulfilling their missions.