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Pat McGuire

Trinity Washington University

Patricia McGuire has been President of Trinity Washington University since 1989. Prior to her time at Trinity, McGuire was Assistant Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she also served as an adjunct professor of law.

McGuire is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Metropolitan Consortium of Universities, the DC College Success Foundation, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, United Educators, and the Ameritas Mutual Holding Company.

In 2000, McGuire was appointed by DC Mayor Anthony Williams and the DC Financial Control Board to a special term on the Education Advisory Committee overseeing DC public schools. Additionally, in 2012, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities recognized McGuire’s leadership in higher education with the Henry Paley Award. The Washington Business Journal has included McGuire among a list of “Women Who Mean Business” and the Washingtonian named her among the “150 Most Powerful People in Washington” and the “100 Most Powerful Women of Washington.”

She writes and speaks on topics concerning higher education, women, and Catholic education. McGuire’s articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, and a wide variety of other publications.

McGuire earned her bachelor's degree from Trinity College and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.