David Maxwell was president of Drake University from 1999 to 2015 and was named president emeritus upon his retirement. Throughout his 44-year academic career, Dr. Maxwell was extensively involved in leadership roles in international and global education. Since 2015, Dr. Maxwell has served as a Senior Fellow and Senior Consultant with the Association of Governing Boards, working with higher education boards and presidents on effective governance. He has been a member of Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees since 2016, including a term as chair. Dr. Maxwell was a Fulbright Scholar in Moscow, U.S.S.R 1970-71, conducting research for his doctoral dissertation on the prose of Anton Chekhov. David is nominated for a first three-year term.