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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 Assistant:  Tilman Freitag


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 1000 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 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

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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