Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Value of college
  •  Curriculum
  • Transition to adulthood
  •  Economy and college
  • Endowments
  • Faculty
  • Research universities
  • Liberal education
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Taxes

 As executive director of the Fund for Academic Renewal, Dr. Merrill works closely with donors to design, monitor, and evaluate transformative gifts to higher education that meet their philanthropic objectives. Prior to assuming the leadership position at FAR, Dr. Merrill was the vice president of development at FAR’s parent organization, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. She led ACTA’s fundraising efforts, working closely with individuals and foundations interested in improving academic quality and preserving academic freedom. Before joining ACTA, Dr. Merrill served on the faculties of St. John’s College, a private liberal arts college in Annapolis, Maryland, known for its “Great Books” curriculum, and the College of William & Mary. She also has taught at Duke University, the University of Calgary, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and in the college program at Maryland’s only prison for women. Her essays on philanthropy and higher education have appeared in Philanthropy, Philanthropy Daily, and other forums. Dr. Merrill earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University and her B.A. from the University of Calgary.