Elizabeth Hayford

Elizabeth Hayford

Instructor , Higher Education Administration and Policy
Former President, Associated Colleges of the Midwest


Elizabeth R. Hayford served as president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of selective liberal arts colleges, for 22 years. Before that she served at Oberlin College as associate dean of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Lowell as assistant professor of history.  At ACM she oversaw off-campus study programs in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, particularly the city of Chicago. She also developed and managed numerous projects promoting faculty and curricular development, as well as working with presidents and academic deans on issues of institutional advancement. She has studied or worked abroad in London, Taiwan, Tokyo and Hong Kong. 



Year Degree Institution
1971 PhD, History Tufts University
1963 MA, Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University
1962 BA, History Radcliffe College

Selected Publications

Hayford, Elizabeth (2012). Botticelli, Bureaucrats and Bankers: A View of Florence from Chicago in Robert Timothy Chasson and Thomas J. Sienkewicz, The Power of Place. A Festschrift for Janet Goodhue Smith Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Hayford, Elizabeth (January, 2011). Antioch College, A Celebrated Future and an Uncertain Future in Alice W. Brown and Sandra L. Ballard, Changing Course: Reinventing Colleges, Avoiding Closure Jossey Bass.

Research Interests

Undergraduate education (particularly the liberal arts college community); international education; sources of leadership in colleges and universities



MS_HE 473

Structure, Governance and Leadership in Higher Education Students learn about the organization and governance of colleges and universities and the characteristics of their leadership, including the role of presidents. They examine the internal organization and culture of institutions as well as external groups that affect higher education, including consortia, associations, foundations, state governments, Congress and the Department of Education.

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