Michael S. McPherson


Michael S. McPherson serves as the President at The Spencer Foundation in Chicago. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003, Dr. McPherson served as President and Trustee of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for seven years. A nationally known economist whose expertise focuses on the interplay between education and economics, Dr. 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. Dr. McPherson, who is co-author and editor of several books, including College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?, Keeping College Affordable and Economic Analysis and Moral Philosophy, was founding co-editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy. He has served as a trustee of the College Board, the American Council on Education, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Dr. McPherson has been a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics, all from the University of Chicago.

Author's Books

"Proof," Policy, and Practice

Understanding the Role of Evidence in Improving Education


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