Cathy A. Trower
For over 20 years, Dr. Trower has been providing governance consulting services to nonprofit organizations that include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care systems, independent schools, foundations, and community service organizations. As president and a principal of Trower & Trower, Inc., she combines her knowledge of governance and strategic thinking, and her skills at building high performance teams to create an experience for boards that translates into energy, action, and a shared commitment to excellence.
Dr. Trower was co-founder of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and most recently served there as a Senior Research Associate and Research Director. She has studied nonprofit board governance, and faculty employment issues, policies, and practices since 1996. In November 2013 she made the decision to transition fully to governance consulting and research.
Dr. Trower is Chair of the BoardSource Board of Directors, and Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair of the RiverWoods Board of Trustees. Cathy served on the Wheaton College, MA Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2017. She holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Maryland. Curriculum vitae available upon request. Bio
Public Speaking Engagements
Dr. Trower has been invited to speak on the subject of governance at numerous conferences, institutes, webinars, and meetings nationwide. View a list of some of the organizations here.