The Team

Meet the Team


Dr. Christine K. Cavanaugh, President

Dr. Chris Cavanaugh is President and Certified Executive Coach for Pathseekers II, Inc., a consulting and executive coaching company. Her expertise includes executive leadership in higher education, and she guides clients through personal and career development discernment, especially at pivotal times of individual and professional growth. Previously, she held several leadership positions at the University of West Florida, at the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative as Executive Director, and at IBM.

Dr. Cavanaugh received her BS in business from the University of Maryland, and her MBA and Ed.D. from the University of West Florida. She was an American Council on Education Fellow.

Dr. Cavanaugh holds current certifications as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT). She is also certified in the administration and interpretation of several assessment tools:  Hogan, the Center for Creative Leadership, MBTI, and the Devine Group. She serves as a member of the American Association of University Administrators Board of Directors.

Dr. Cavanaugh currently is an adjunct professor at Immaculata University (Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Administration), and at the University of Maryland University College (Business Program in Leadership and Human Resources).

Dr. Cavanaugh is married to Dr. John Cavanaugh with whom she collaborates on topics of leadership, higher education, and aging. They jointly co-edited a three-volume series Aging in America. She is conducting an extensive research project on women's presidential leadership in colleges and universities, and has published articles and chapters based on that work.

Dr. John C. Cavanaugh

Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. John is a leader in higher education policy and innovation, as well as for innovative uses of technology. He has led statutory and regulatory reform of higher education, and is a national leader on quality assurance and accreditation. His disciplinary expertise is in gerontology and neuroscience.

John earned his B.A. in psychology with high honors from the University of Delaware, and his M.A and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota and an American Council on Education Fellow. He received the American Council on Education Council of Fellows Mentor of the Year Award in 2012, and the Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence Community Leader of the Year Award in 2008. He was also awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Drexel University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. John serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), chair of the Board of Trustees for Marygrove College (Detroit), and on the leadership team for the Washington, DC Region Global Cities Initiative and the Greater Washington Export Center board. He is past-president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Board of Trustees, and has served as a Commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and as a Commissioner of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, as treasurer of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, and as secretary-treasurer of the National Association of System Heads.

He is the coauthor of three series of textbooks: Adult Development and Aging (with Fredda Blanchard-Fields, now in its 8th edition), Human Development: A Life-Span View (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 8th edition), and Essentials of Human Development (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 2nd edition). He also co-edited the three volume series Aging in America with Dr. Christine Cavanaugh. John has authored or co-authored over 85 articles and chapters on aging, higher education policy, and leadership issues.