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Michael S. McPherson

Senior Fellow – Mellon Foundation

Michael McPherson is a Senior Fellow at the Mellon Foundation. He co-chaired the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Future of Undergraduate in Education that released its report, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America, in 2017. He was President of the Spencer Foundation from 2003 until 2017. Earlier he was President of Macalester College and before that Professor of Economics and Dean of Faculty at Williams College. He is co-author of The Student Aid GameKeeping College Affordable, Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College in America’s Public Universities, and Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education. McPherson has served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

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