Presidents Circle

The Presidents Circle is a network of current and former college, university and university system presidents and chancellors whose generous support enables the Re:Gender to pursue groundbreaking research, analysis and commentary on issues critical to higher education. Membership provides academic leaders with a powerful tool for enhancing connections within and beyond academia, with access to a variety of leaders and institutions. Re:Gender’s network of experts and expertise is a valuable resource providing Presidents Circle members with critical information to help build their programs and expand their networks. Membership also provides opportunities to engage with leaders from corporate, policy, advocacy and philanthropic sectors.

For more information about joining the Presidents Circle, please contact Gail Cooper at

Presidents Circle Members
Lori Bettison-Varga
Scripps College
Bernie Machen
University of Florida
Lee Bollinger
Mary Meehan
Wallace E. Boston
President and CEO
American Public University System
Cathy Minehan
Drew Gilpin Faust
Harvard University
Jere W. Moorehead
Karen Gould
Christina Paxson
Brown University
Bernadette Gray-Little
Clyda Rent
Former President
Mississippi University for Women
Amy Gutmann
University of Pennsylvania
Judy Rogers*
Cottey College
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Pamela Shockley-Zalabak
Elizabeth Kiss
Beverly Tatum
Spelman College
Maria Klawe
Peggy Williams*
President Emerita
Ithaca College and Lyndon State College
Elva Concha LeBlanc
* Presidents Circle Advisory Members

Convenings & Events



Presidents Circle Virtual Convening on Sexual Violence

On October 20, 2014, Re:Gender hosted a virtual convening with its Presidents Circle as a pre-launch of its new initiative, Identity and Sexual Violence, that began to roll out this Fall. Convening participants explored ways to work collectively, and in a supportive manner, to solve sexual violence. At the heart of this initiative is Re:Gender's belief that finding new ways to think about and address sexual violence is not the sole responsibility of college and university campuses.

Headlines over the last decade make clear, commonalities across institutions - be it the church, the military, the workplace or college campuses - point to the need for a larger social fix. To this end, the meeting provided an opportunity to first engage college and university presidents and hear from Joie Acosta, a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, who presented compelling evidence of the value in this approach.