A visionary leader

The Friends School of Baltimore Future of Education Series will present Patricia McGuire, J.D., president of Trinity Washington University, on Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm, in the Forbush Auditorium. Admission is free; click here to register. For more information, contact Heidi Blalock.

A bold proposition
A 1974 alumna of then-Trinity College, Ms. McGuire joined Trinity as its president in 1989 at a time when enrollment in the college had declined from a high of 950 students to just 300. Caught between an alumnae base (and many longtime teachers) determined to preserve Trinity’s mission of serving primarily white affluent young women, and the near certainty of the college’s financial collapse, she took a risk and proposed reinventing Trinity as a university dedicated to serving the District’s low-income African-American and Latina women. 
The move paid off.
Today Trinity Washington University serves more than 2,100 women (and a small percentage of men), of whom 95% are African American or Latina, more than 50% are from the District of Columbia, and 82% receive Pell Grants. The school has $35 million operating budget, an $11 million endowment and in 2017, under President McGuire’s leadership, the university embarked on a 10-year master plan to increase enrollment and upgrade facilities.

Prior to joining Trinity, Ms. McGuire was an assistant dean for development and external affairs and an adjunct professor of law at her alma mater Georgetown University Law Center, where she initially served as project director for the center’s Street Law clinical program. She serves on numerous boards, including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, College Success Foundation – DC, Catholic Charities DC, United Educators and the Ameritas Holding Company. Among her more recent honors, Ms. McGuire in 2016 received the Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence from the TIAA Institute. In 2015 she received the Carnegie Award for Academic Leadership from the Carnegie Corporation; and in 2012 she received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She holds honorary degrees from several universities, including Georgetown, Howard, Chatham, Emmanuel, Liverpool Hope, and the College of New Rochelle.
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