Biography of Heidi Macpherson

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Dr. Heidi Macpherson is the 7th President of The College at Brockport. Dr. Macpherson received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in English and Creative Writing from St. Cloud State University (1990) and her PhD in North American literature from the University of Newcastle (1996). Originally from Minnesota, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in the summer of 1990 and became a US-UK dual national in 2003. 

She began her academic career at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, England, teaching American literature, women’s literature, creative writing and drama (1995-2007). In 2007 she was appointed Dean of Humanities at De Montfort University (Leicester, England) and subsequently held two different Pro Vice-Chancellor positions there. In 2012, she became the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a position she held for three years prior to becoming president at the College.

She serves on a number of volunteer boards, including the United Way of Greater Rochester (2018-2021), Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (2019-), Rochester and Monroe County YWCA (2017-2020), Willow Domestic Violence Center (2017-2020), and Roc the Future Board of Convenors (2017-). She is chair of the Rochester Area Colleges Presidents Network and a former member of the AASCU Committee on International Education. Dr. Macpherson is a member of Rotary International and is currently a member of the Rochester Rotary Awards Committee. Prior to moving to Brockport, she was on the board of directors for The Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, The Netherlands (1997-2007); the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Leicester, UK (2008-10); The Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media Centre; Leicester, UK (2008-10)), Bethany Lutheran Homes, La Crosse, WI (2014-15), La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, La Crosse, WI (2015). She also sat on the YWCA Program Committee, La Crosse, WI (2013-15).

While in the UK, Dr. Macpherson held a number of positions on national education bodies, including Chair of the British Association for American Studies; Executive Committee member for the Council for College and University English and the British Association for Canadian Studies; and member of the Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Steering Group. She was the Vice Chair of the Research Assessment Exercise subpanel for American Studies for the national research assessment exercise in 2008, and was appointed to the Area Studies Research Excellence Framework for the replacement national research exercise for 2013. In 2007 she was elected as a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and the UK Higher Education Academy. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the English Association. She was a key member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research and Innovation committee (2010-12).

In 2016, Dr. Macpherson was named a New York Woman of Distinction. That same year, she was the Honorary Chairwoman of the New York Special Olympics, hosted at the College at Brockport. She has also received the Teddi Award from Camp Good Days and Special Times (2018).

Her research is on contemporary transatlantic and North American women’s literature. She is the author of Women’s Movement (2000), Courting Failure (2007), Transatlantic Women’s Literature (2008), and The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood (2010). She has also co-edited two collections of essays and a 3-volume encyclopedia set.

She is married to Dr. Allan Macpherson. In her spare time, she enjoys theatre, going to the cinema, hiking, creative writing, and walking her Springer Spaniel, Tilly. Her most unusual talent is being able to ride a unicycle. You can follow her on Twitter at @heidimacp, and on Instagram @brockportprez.


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Last Updated 10/27/20

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