Peter McPherson, the president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), will be on the West Virginia University campus Wednesday, May 31, to discuss his vision and agenda for land-grant institutions over the next several years.


McPherson will tour the Morgantown campus and meet with major University administrators throughout the day.


�€?It’s an honor for West Virginia University to host such a distinguished figure in national higher education circles,�€? said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. �€?We look forward to hearing his message, and discussing with him some of the issues facing our university and land-grant colleges in general.�€?


McPherson is currently the co-chair and founder of Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa.


He served as president of Michigan State University from 1993-2004. Before that, he was a group executive vice president for the Bank of America in San Francisco .


McPherson also served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department from 1987-1989, and was a special assistant to former President Gerald Ford and deputy director of the White House personnel office from 1975-1977.


In 2003, McPherson served in Iraq as the financial coordinator for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance while on a leave of absence from MSU .


McPherson is a graduate of the American University Law School . He also earned a master’s of business administration degree from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University .


The National Association of State University’s and Land-Grant Colleges is the nation’s oldest higher education association. Dedicated to supporting excellence in teaching, research and public service, NASULGC has been in the forefront of educational leadership nationally for over a century.


With more than 200 member institutions, NASULGC is organized into councils and commissions that represent officials throughout the university structure, including presidents, provosts, research deans, government-relations officers, student-affairs leaders, and communications and fund-raising professionals.