Stevenson Welcomes New President Elliot Hirshman

July 3, 2017 7 AM
Elliot Hirshman

Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.
President, Stevenson University

Stevenson University welcomes Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., who begins his term as the University’s seventh president on July 3, 2017. He joins the University after serving as president of San Diego State University (SDSU) since 2011 and previously as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

“I am honored to be joining the Stevenson University community,” said Hirshman. “There is so much great work happening here—the integration of career preparation with liberal arts, cultural and artistic events, athletics—that I want to nurture and support. I see Stevenson as a diverse, close-knit community, one where our people are wonderfully supportive of the students and each other.”

“We are so honored to welcome Elliot to Stevenson,” said Claire E. Moore, Vice President of Student Affairs, who served as the University’s Interim President since December 2016. “His enthusiasm for our history, our mission, and the special community that we are comes through so clearly. This enthusiasm, and his depth of experience in academic administration, will be essential as we continue the evolution of Stevenson over the coming years.”

Prior to his career at SDSU and UMBC, Hirshman served as chief research officer at the George Washington University and chaired the Department of Psychology there and at the University of Colorado at Denver. He began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hirshman earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Yale and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UCLA.

He has been married to Jeri Hirshman for nearly 28 years. Jeri is a registered nurse who enjoys participating in local and national film festivals. Their daughter, Wendy, graduated from Muhlenberg College and is now married and living in Northern Virginia. Their son, Nathan, is a student at the Duke University School of Medicine. To learn more about Hirshman, visit

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,100 students pursuing bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills as well as online master’s and bachelor’s programs.