Debra W. Stewart is a senior fellow at NORC, and President Emerita of the Council of Graduate Schools. She is the primary investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded study, COVID-19 Impact on Graduate STEM Education.
Prior to joining NORC, Stewart served as president of the Council of Graduate Schools. Previously, she served as vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State University.
Stewart has written on a wide array of higher education issues and lectures on higher education, research, and global competitiveness at major universities and education organizations around the world. She is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications on administrative theory, public policy, and education policy.
Stewart has been the recipient of several awards, including: honorary doctorates from Loyola University of Chicago and the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie; a Distinguished Alumna award from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in the Southern Region. She has served on several boards, including the Educational Testing Service Board; the International Advisory Board of the Freie Universität Berlin; the International Board of the ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia; NASFA, the Association of International Educators.