Michael S. McPherson

Michael S. McPherson is the fifth President of the Spencer Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003 he served as President of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for seven years. A nationally known economist whose expertise focuses on the interplay between education and economics, McPherson spent the 22 years prior to his Macalester presidency as professor of economics, chairman of the Economics Department, and dean of faculty at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics, all from the University of Chicago. He has served as a trustee of the College Board, the American Council on Education and McNally Smith College of Music, as well as President of the Board of Overseers of TIAA-CREF. McPherson has been a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.