Ed Rowe has worked in higher education for over a decade, with experience in strategic planning, crisis management and board governance. Most recently, he served as chief of staff and secretary of the college at Swarthmore College, one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation. In this role, he counseled the president on a broad range of policy and communications issues and engaged the school’s board on long-term strategic priorities. He has been instrumental in crisis communications on issues drawing international attention, and he served as “COVID czar,” coordinating the college’s pandemic response and serving as a central resource for questions from faculty, staff, students and parents.
Prior to Swarthmore, Ed worked for the University of Denver as the chancellor’s director for projects and planning, managing the operations of the office and coordinating a university-wide strategic planning process that engaged more than 4,000 constituents. In addition to advising the chancellor and senior team, he had responsibilities for communication and crisis management.
Ed has a BA in English from Penn State and an MS in Management from the University of Denver. He advocates for open and transparent communication with campus constituents as a way of building trust and engendering more support for shared institutional goals.