Debra W. Stewart, PhD, Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Debra W. Stewart, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is also President Emerita at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). She served as president of CGS from 2000 until July 2014.  Under her leadership the Council launched a series of projects designed to strengthen the capacity of universities to prepare graduate students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and was awarded significant funding in competitive grants and gifts to achieve that objective. She serves on several boards and committees including currently the Educational Testing Service Board of Trustees (currently vice-chair); the International Advisory Board of the Freie Universität Berlin; the International Board of ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia (currently chair); and the US National Academy of Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs Committee. Stewart has written on a wide array of higher education issues and lectures on higher education, research, and global competitiveness at major universities and education organizations around the world.  She is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications on administrative theory, public policy, and education policy.  Prior to joining CGS, Stewart was vice chancellor and dean of the graduate school at North Carolina State University. She also served as interim chancellor at UNC-Greensboro (1994) and as graduate dean and then vice provost (1988-1998) at NC State. Stewart has received honorary doctorates from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (2007) and Loyola University Chicago (2013) and the Distinguished Alumna Award from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008). Stewart received her PhD in political science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and her BA from Marquette University.