Committed to helping your board better govern your organization.

Cathy A. Trower

Ph.D., President

For 24 years, Dr. Trower has been providing governance consulting services to nonprofit organizations that include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care systems, independent schools, associations, foundations, and federated 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-performing teams to create an experience for boards that translates into a shared commitment to excellence, energy, and action.

Dr. Trower was co-founder of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she served from 1996-2013. In November 2013 she transitioned fully to governance consulting and research.

Previously, Dr. Trower served as the Chair of the RiverWoods Board of Trustees and Chair of the BoardSource Board of Directors. 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.