Lucie Lapovsky is an economist who consults, writes and speaks widely on issues related to higher education finance, strategy, governance and enrollment management. She also specializes in searches for Chief Financial Officers and writes and speaks on women’s leadership. Her clients include public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States and various companies and organizations throughout the world. She also is actively engaged in research on tuition discounting and pricing and cost containment in higher education.
She served as President of Mercy College, a multi – campus institution of 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students with campuses in New York City, Westchester and on-line from 1999 to 2004. Lucie has more than 30 years of experience in Higher Education Finance in both the public and private sectors of higher education. Prior to coming to Mercy College, she served as Vice President for Finance at Goucher College, and worked at the University of Maryland at College Park, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and he Maryland State Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning
Dr. Lapovsky chairs the board of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women) and also serves on the boards of the American Public University System, Cedar Crest College, KnowledgeWorks, and the Tuition Exchange. She also serves on the audit committee of the College Board and is a member of the Suncoast International Women’s forum. In addition, she frequently serves on Middle States Evaluation teams and has chaired several of these visits.
She is the co-editor of three books: Strategic Financial Challenges for Higher Education: How to Achieve Quality, Accountability and Innovation; Roles and Responsibilities of Chief Financial Officers both published by Jossey-Bass and The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership. She also is the author of more than 200 chapters and articles, a contributor to Forbes and is a frequent speaker at major higher education conferences.
She received her B.A. degree from Goucher College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. She also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard and the Directors Institute at Duke. Among the many honors she has received, she was awarded the Donna Shavlik award from the American Council on Higher Education for her sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education in 2016. She was named one of the top 100 women in Maryland in 1999 by the Daily Record, and she received the Alumni Award of Honor from Packer Collegiate Institute in 2009.