President, Spencer Foundation
Michael McPherson is president of the Spencer Foundation, which he joined in 2003. He was previously president of Macalester College for seven years. An economist with expertise on the interplay between education and economics, McPherson spent 22 years as an economics professor, chairman of the Economics Department, and faculty dean at Williams College. McPherson is co-author and editor of several books, including College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? and was founding co-editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy. He is a trustee of McNally Smith College of Music and DentaQuest Foundation and president of the board of overseers of TIAA-CREF.