Dr. John C. Cavanaugh
President & CEO
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
1100 H St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 331-8080 x150
Fax: (202) 331-7925
Email: jcavanaugh@consortium.org 

Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Consortium consists of 14 universities: American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, The George Washington University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, National Defense University, National Intelligence University, Trinity Washington University, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, and University of Maryland College Park. Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. John is a leader in higher education policy and innovation, as well as for innovative uses of technology. He has led statutory and regulatory reform of higher education, and is a national leader on quality assurance and accreditation. His disciplinary expertise is in gerontology and neuroscience. John earned his B.A. in psychology with high honors from the University of Delaware, and his M.A and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota and an American Council on Education Fellow. He received the American Council on Education Council of Fellows Mentor of the Year Award in 2012, and the Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence Community Leader of the Year Award in 2008. He was also awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Drexel University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. John serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), secretary of the Board of Trustees for Marygrove College (Detroit), an inaugural Fellow of the Center for Strategic Change (at George Fox University), and on the leadership team for the Washington, DC Region Global Cities Initiative. He is past-president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Board of Trustees, and has served as a Commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a Commissioner of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, as treasurer of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, and as secretary-treasurer of the National Association of System Heads. He is the coauthor of three series of textbooks: Adult Development and Aging (with Fredda Blanchard-Fields, now in its 7th edition), Human Development: A Life-Span View (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 7th edition), and Essentials of Human Development (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 2nd edition). He also co-edited the three volume series Aging in America with Dr. Christine Cavanaugh. John has authored or co-authored over 80 articles and chapters on aging, higher education policy, and leadership issues. 

John is married to Dr. Christine K. Cavanaugh. He greatly enjoys travel, hiking, cooking, writing, history, and photography.