Teri Cannon serves as the Founding President of the Minerva Institute. Having first joined Minerva in 2012, she has led the development of student affairs, accreditation, services, and operations. Cannon brings more than 35 years of experience in higher education in both undergraduate and graduate settings, and is deeply knowledgeable about accreditation, student achievement, and institutional excellence. As a higher education consultant for more than 30 institutions, Cannon worked closely with a wide array of universities and organizations on issues related to accreditation, innovation, governance, student success, diversity, and organizational change.
Immediately before joining Minerva, Cannon was Executive Vice President of the WSCUC and earlier was dean of two law schools. She has served on the boards of several organizations and accrediting agencies, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Licensed to practice law in the state of California, Cannon wrote Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals, which is now in its eighth edition. Cannon earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from Loyola Law School.