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Andrew Flagel PhD

Opening Plenary: Assessing the Future of Higher Education

Andrew Flagel PhDPresenter:

Andrew Flagel PhD: President and CEO - the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Andrew Flagel is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Consortium represents and fosters collaboration among its 17 colleges and universities. Enrolling nearly 300,000 students each year, collectively Consortium institutions are the largest non-government employer in the region. With course-sharing agreements for over ninety years, the Consortium today is one of the world’s foremost educational collaboratives.

Flagel received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Consortium member George Washington University, where he served as a regional director of admissions before being appointed as director of admissions for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. He later received his PhD from Michigan State University’s prestigious program in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education while serving as a director in Flint for the University of Michigan, focusing his research on access and inclusion.

As Dean of Enrollment for over a decade at another Consortium member, George Mason University, Flagel created ground-breaking new programs for members of the military, veterans, international, and transfer students, founded and led the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, and spearheaded the Pathways partnership with Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Public Schools. He left Mason to become Senior Vice President at Brandeis University, serving as both their chief student affairs and chief enrollment officer. Just prior to joining the Consortium, he served as Vice President for Advancement at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he successfully developed a broad range of innovative partnerships with non-profit organizations, foundations, and private companies to support quality and equity throughout higher education.

Flagel is a Visiting Senior Scholar at The George Washington University, a member of the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust, and serves on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives, the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and on the Board of His also a member of the Millennium Campus Network Global Education Council, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Board of Advisors, and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference Advisory Board. He previously served as a Senior Scholar for the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, and on the Board of the Tremont School. His wife, Jennifer, is Assistant Vice President and Director of Graduate Admissions at Bentley University, and their son is an incoming first-year student at Denison University. Follow him on twitter @deanflagel.