Trinity President Patricia McGuire is being honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of 25 “Women Who Mean Business.” The award will be presented at a special event hosted by the Washington Business Journal and cosponsored by ArentFox, Deloitte and SunTrust on Thursday, November 30, 2006.
President McGuire was selected for this prestigious honor because she is an outstanding and exemplary leader in the business community and in higher education who epitomizes the qualities of “Women Who Mean Business.”
In her 18th year as president of Trinity, President McGuire’s record of business achievements are significant: she has doubled enrollment; managed the growth of an operating budget from $9.4 million to $22 million; completed the institution’s first successful capital campaign, raising more than $12 million from alumnae, corporations and foundations; more than tripled the institution’s charitable support; secured the institution’s first bond rating; managed the growth of assets from $12 million to $55 million; and constructed a $20-million athletic facility that serves the campus community and the Washington community.
More significantly, President McGuire has focused Trinity’s mission on meeting the educational needs of the city and, in particular, the city’s women of color. Trinity enrolls more DC residents than any other private university in the city; 45% of the students are DC residents. Under her leadership, President McGuire is opening the doors to new populations of women, once largely excluded from higher education, who are discovering the empowerment of a women’s college: 85% of Trinity’s students are African American or Latina.
President McGuire’s achievements extend far beyond Trinity’s campus and extend into the business community, the Washington region and the national higher education arena. In the business arena, President McGuire is an active leader on the Board of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and recently chaired the national search for a new CEO. She serves on the boards of the Washington Hospital Center and UNIFI, a major national financial services company.
In the Washington community and education arena, she serves on the boards of the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, Washington Metropolitan Consortium of Universities, Goodwill of Washington and the Joint Military Intelligence College, and serves on committees of the American Council on Education, the National Capital Girl Scouts, and other civic and educational organizations. She has prior service on the board of the Middle States accrediting association and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She was appointed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and the D.C. Financial Control Board in 2000 to a special term on the Education Advisory Committee overseeing the D.C. Public Schools. In 2006, she was appointed by the American Red Cross Board of Governor to serve on a 7-member Independent Governance Advisory Panel.
In making its selection of this year’s honorees, the Washington Business Journal looks for leaders who share their talents and use their leadership qualities to help others advance. President McGuire’s service to the business community and Washington community goes far beyond simply serving on boards. She is an articulate and passionate advocate for the city and is dedicated to making the District of Columbia a better place to work, live and learn. She engages in substantive work on every board, committee and panel on which she serves. She generously shares her time and expertise and she is a leadership role model for women and girls and supports the leadership development of women in many arenas.
Among her other awards, President McGuire was recently featured in Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women; awarded the DC CAPtain’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education in the District of Columbia by the DC College Access Program in 2005; awarded honorary degrees from the College of New Rochelle, Wells College and Georgetown University, where she earned a law degree, and was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in 1993.
Prior to her tenure at Trinity, President McGuire was Assistant Dean for Development and External Affairs for Georgetown University Law Center and adjunct professor of law teaching courses in tax exempt organizations; project director for Georgetown’s D.C. Street Law Project, and legal affairs commentator for the award-winning CBS children’s newsmagazine “30 Minutes” and the Fox Television program “Panorama” in Washington.