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Council of Graduate Schools

Debra W. Stewart

President, Council of Graduate Schools

Debra W. Stewart is the President of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a leading organization dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education. CGS's more than 500 member universities award over 93 percent of all U.S. doctorates and approximately 76 percent of all U.S. master's degrees. Among its 40 international members, the Council includes 20 major Canadian universities.

Under her leadership, the Council launched a series of projects designed to strengthen the capacity of member universities to prepare graduate students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In November 2007, Stewart's leadership in graduate education was recognized by the Université Pierre et Marie Curie — Sorbonne Universités with an honorary doctorate. Her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, honored her in October 2008 with the Distinguished Alumna Award.

She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master's degree in government from the University of Maryland and her B.A. from Marquette University where she majored in philosophy and political science.


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