Education leader joins Erikson as a visiting scholar

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Donald M. Stewart

Donald M. Stewart, a leader in higher education and the nonprofit world for more than 30 years, joined Erikson as a visiting scholar in December.

“Throughout his distinguished career as an educator and administrator, Don has worked tirelessly to advance education, peace, equality, and justice,” says President Samuel J. Meisels. “It is an honor to have him at Erikson.”

Stewart’s appointment runs through June 2012. While at Erikson, he is working on a book on private philanthropy, school reform, and the achievement gap in Chicago.

Stewart most recently served as a visiting professor in the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies and as CEO and president of the Chicago Community Trust. Prior to joining the Trust, he was a senior program officer and special advisor to the president at the Carnegie Corporation.

Stewart was president and CEO of the College Board in New York for 12 years and was the president of Spelman College in Atlanta for 10 years. Stewart spent several years at the University of Pennsylvania serving on the faculty and in administrative positions. He was also a program officer in the Overseas Development Division of The Ford Foundation from 1962 through 1969, serving in Nigeria, Egypt, and Tunisia.

Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, a master’s degree from Yale University, and both a master’s degree and doctorate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Erikson in 2007.