Dr. John C. Cavanaugh
Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker
John C. Cavanaugh became president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area on March 1, 2013. He is also president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Board of Trustees and a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Previously, he served as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Cavanaugh is a nationally recognized leader in higher education policy and innovation. He has facilitated the creation of two statewide high-bandwidth research and education networks (Florida LambdaRail and KINBER/PennREN), led the creation of innovative technology-based teaching and administrative solutions, and led statutory and regulatory reform efforts (e.g., Higher Education Modernization Act in Pennsylvania).
Cavanaugh earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.