Professional Biography

Peter Eckel’s two-decade career as a scholar/practitioner focuses on understanding and strengthening higher education administration, management and governance. He has served as Vice President for Programs and Research at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and held several positions at the American Council on Education (ACE), including ending his tenure there as Director of the Center for Effective Leadership.

Eckel has worked with hundreds of college, university and state system administrators, faculty and trustees on issues such transformational change; student learning and educational quality; diversity; academic leadership; presidential transitions; academic joint ventures/partnerships; internationalization; shared governance; institutional entrepreneurialism; administrative teamwork; and effective trusteeship.  He led AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship and developed its offerings for international trustees and leaders. He created AGB’s presidential agenda to strengthen presidential leadership through effective governance, and led the design of AGB’s Institute for Public University Presidents and Board Leaders. At ACE, he was the founding director of the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, the Advancing to the Presidency Workshop, the CAO-CBO Strategic Partnership workshop, and the ACE Presidential Roundtable Series. 

He additionally serves as trustee at the University of La Verne (CA), leading efforts on revitalizing the academic affairs and governance committees, and establishing the new enrollment management and marketing committee.

Research Interests and Current Projects


Ph.D., Higher Education Policy, Planning and Administration, University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., Counseling and Personnel Services - College Student Personnel, University of Maryland, College Park.
B.S., Journalism, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and Management
  • Higher education governance and trusteeship
  • Change management; academic program discontinuance
  • Leadership development
  • Higher education trends