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.
- 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.