Judith Block McLaughlin
Faculty Director, Higher Education Program

Higher Ed

  • Presidents and trustees

Judith Block McLaughlin’s work focuses on leadership and governance in higher education. As educational chair of the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents and the Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents, she has had the pleasure of working with over 1,000 college and university presidents since the program’s inception in 1990. She has written and consulted extensively on leadership transitions, presidential assessment, board-president relationships, senior staff functioning and board governance. In 2007, she was appointed by former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to serve as chair of the Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council, the body that nominates trustees for the state’s colleges and universities. Prior to Harvard, she was dean of student affairs at two colleges, executive director of the National Academy of Education, and a high school social studies teacher.