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Judith Block McLaughlin

Senior Lecturer on Education
Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents

Judith Block McLaughlin

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1983)
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Phone:  617.495.3447
Office:  Gutman 435
Faculty Coordinator:  Tilman Freitag


Judith Block McLaughlin's work focuses on leadership and governance in higher education. She serves as chair of the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents and the Harvard Seminar on Presidential Leadership and is co-chair of Crisis Leadership in Higher Education. In these programs, she has had the pleasure of working with over 1,700 college and university presidents since the inception of the Seminar for New Presidents in 1990. She has also served as faculty co-chair of HGSE’s Online Master's degree in Educational Leadership and the faculty director of the Higher Education Program the Field Experience Program.  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 Governor 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.

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Areas of Expertise

2022 Council of Independent Colleges Allen P. Splete Award for Outstanding Service in Higher Education,(2022)

Excellence in Higher Education Award, New England Board of Higher Education (2019)

Honorary Degree, Stonehill College (2006); Honorary Degree, Bridgewater State College (2010)


Leadership Amidst Controversy: Presidential Perspectives (ed.), (2004).

Leadership Transitions: The New College President ed., (1996).

Choosing a College President: Opportunities and Constraints (with D. Riesman), (1990).

An Education of Value (with M. Lazerson and B. McPherson), (1985).


Co-Editor-in-Chief, Jossey-Bass New Directions in Higher Education series,(2006-2011)

Board of Directors, The Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, Dorchester, MA,(2001-2006)

Trustee, Bridgewater State College,(1996-2006)

Board of Advisors and Directors, Academic Search Consultation Service,(1987-2005)

Chair, Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council,(2007-)

Chair, Paul R. McLaughlin Fellowship Committee, Suffolk Law School,(1995-)

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