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Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. A National Conference co-sponsored by: Clark University - Challenge Convention Change Our World

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

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March 12-13, 2009



John BassettJohn Bassett, Clark's president, was installed as the University's eighth president in March 2001. Since joining Clark in July 2000, he has worked closely with faculty, alumni and friends of the University to continue to strengthen Clark's reputation as a research university—one that offers unique opportunities for undergraduates as well as graduates to work alongside the University's first-class faculty on their research—and as a vibrant academic environment with a strong commitment to the urban community and social justice. Bassett has been working with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to publicize the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) Initiative, which was launched in September. He recently participated in two radio interviews on this topic.


Carol SchneiderCarol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). With more than 1,150 institutional members, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education. Under her leadership, AAC&U launched Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), a ten-year public-advocacy and campus-action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the 21st century. The LEAP campaign builds on AAC&U's major effort, Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College, a multiyear initiative designed to articulate the aims of a 21st century liberal education and to identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students. While a vice president at AAC&U in the 1990's, Schneider headed a major initiative at AAC&U on higher education and U.S. pluralism, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning

Conference Organizer

Richard Freeland, president emeritus of Northeastern University, is the Jane and William Mosakowski Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. He is nationally known for his leadership in practice-oriented education, emphasizing the importance of connecting liberal learning, professional preparation and real-world experience. Prior to his appointment at Northeastern, Freeland held a succession of administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts and the City University of New York. Trained as a historian, he has a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught and written in the areas of 20th century American politics and society and the history and organization of higher education. He has written two books, "The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism" and "Academia's Golden Age". While at Clark, Freeland is charged with helping the Mosakowski Institute establish a presence within the higher education community and beyond and helping senior administrators and faculty to connect activities of the institute to a vision of liberal education that can improve student educational and career outcomes.



Intelligence and Effective Practice


Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Education, Tufts University
Robert Sternberg is most well known for his theory of successful intelligence, investment theory of creativity (developed with Todd Lubart), theory of thinking styles as mental self-government, balance theory of wisdom, WICS theory of leadership, and for his duplex theories of love and hate. He is the author of about 1200 journal articles, book chapters and books, and has received over $20 million in government and other grants and contracts for his research. Sternberg has been listed in the APA Monitor on Psychology as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century and as one of 100 top young scientists by Science Digest. Prior to accepting appointments at Tufts, Sternberg was the IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and a professor in the School of Management at Yale. He also served as director of Yale's Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies and Expertise (PACE). The PACE Center, now relocated to Tufts, is dedicated to the idea that "abilities," "competencies" and "expertise,"—three areas of psychology that have traditionally been viewed as separate and distinct research areas within the broader field of psychology—are actually inextricably intertwined.


Associate Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor of Psychology
Nancy Budwig has played a central role in the formation of Clark's newest research center, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, which aims to improve through use-inspired research the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns. Budwig also leads Clark's innovative fifth-year accelerated B.A./M.A. degree programs and is part of the Clark team that is charged with extending traditional liberal education into the realm of effective practice. To all her administrative work, she brings her research training as a developmental psychologist and her interest in the social situatedness of human learning. Budwig is the PI of a large institutional grant that draws upon an integrative developmental pedagogy as it helps undergraduates draw linkages across science disciplines in a carefully sequenced approach to real-world problem solving.

President and CEO of the Boston Foundation
Paul S. Grogan is President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. With assets of almost $900 million, the Foundation distributed grants of more than $92 million in 2007 to nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Boston. Previously Grogan was Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs for Harvard University, overseeing government relations, relations with Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. From 1986 through 1998 he was President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. He also served Boston Mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn in a variety of positions. Mr. Grogan is a graduate of Williams College and earned a Masters in Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a trustee of the Knight Foundation; a director of the Community Development Trust and of New Profit, Inc.; and a former trustee of Williams College. He is the author, with Tony Proscio, of Comeback Cities: a Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival.


Effective Practice and Self-Authorship


President, Miami University

David Hodge became Miami's 21st president in 2006. He has had a successful track record spanning 30 years of higher education experience and is gifted with a talent for both teaching and research. Prior to his appointment at Miami, he served as a geography professor, department chair, divisional dean, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. As dean of UW's largest college, he grappled with complex issues ranging from curriculum reform and budget cuts to diversity. His approach: think strategically, raise difficult questions and bring together great minds to tackle them. At UW, his teaching earned him numerous awards, including the UW's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. He has also served as a consultant to local and state agencies, as a program director at the National Science Foundation, as editor of a core journal in his discipline, and as supervisor to more than 40 graduate students. Hodge has actively supported the transformation of teaching and learning in higher education through his work on developing the "student as scholar" model, and recently published "It Takes a Curriculum:  Preparing Students for Research and Creative Work" in Liberal Education.

Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, Miami University
Marcia Baxter Magolda teaches master's level courses in student-development theory and inquiry at Miami University. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life, the role of gender in development, and pedagogy to promote self-authorship. Her books include "Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Meet Life's Challenges," "Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship," "Making Their Own Way: Narratives for Transforming Higher Education to Promote Self-Development," "Creating Contexts for Learning and Self-Authorship: Constructive-Developmental Pedagogy," and "Knowing and Reasoning in College." She is active in the American College Personnel Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the AAC&U. She received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, American College Personnel Association's Contribution to Knowledge Award, and Miami University's Benjamin Harrison Medallion.

Director of the University Honors Program and Professor of English, Miami University
In addition to her duties in Miami's honors program and English Department, Carolyn Haynes is a professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and special assistant to the Provost for strategic planning. She is a past president of the Association for Integrative Studies, the national professional organization dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary studies. She has taught more than 20 interdisciplinary courses and consulted at more than 20 higher education institutions on issues relating to interdisciplinary learning, student development and student learning outcomes assessment. Haynes is the author and editor of many articles such as "Promoting self-authorship through an interdisciplinary writing curriculum," "Academic and Student Affairs: Synthesis for Engaged Learning Success," and "Reaching All Students: Service Learning." She has given dozens of presentations on related topics at conferences throughout the United States. She is the editor and a contributing writer for the book "Innovations in Interdisciplinary Teaching," a collection designed to assist both new and experienced faculty members who are teaching in interdisciplinary settings and want to advance integrative learning with their students, as well as administrators who want to encourage integrative and interdisciplinary teaching in their institutions. The contributors, specialists in interdisciplinary studies, offer many intriguing approaches for achieving the goals of interdisciplinary pedagogy.


Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Whitman College
Lori Bettison-Varga, a nationally recognized expert in undergraduate science education and National Science Foundation National Young Investigator Award recipient, is a staunch advocate of undergraduate research. She is the past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and currently the co-primary investigator on a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant to support the Keck Geology Consortium. Bettison-Varga has been an invited plenary speaker and workshop presenter on undergraduate science education in several national venues, including conferences organized by the AAC&U. Prior to her appointment at Whitman, Bettison-Varga was professor of geology and associate dean for research and grants at the College of Wooster.

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), Loyola University Chicago
Phil Nyden's research focuses on what produces stable racially, ethnically and economically diverse communities in the United States. Nyden has been involved with LivingKnowledge, a European-based science shop which provides independent, participatory research support in response to societal concerns. With colleagues at the University of Technology Sydney Shopfront (Australia) and CURL, a nontraditional research center that involves community partners in all stages of research from conceptualization and design to data analysis and report dissemination, he co-edits Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. Nyden is co-author of "Building Community: Social Science in Action."


Effective Practice and Experiential Education


Professor of the Practice of Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Janet Eyler's scholarly work has focused on various forms of experiential learning including a number of publications on internships and service-learning. She co-directed with Dwight Giles Jr. a national FIPSE-funded service-learning research project "Comparing Models of Service-Learning" and a Corporation for National Service research project on learning outcomes for college students. Her book, "Where's the Learning in Service-Learning," published by Jossey-Bass and co-authored with Giles, is drawn from these studies. Eyler received the Outstanding Research Award of the National Society for Experiential Education in 1998 and 2008; the Ehrlich Faculty Award, a national award honoring contributions in service-learning leadership in 2003; and the Annual Research Award of the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement in 2007. Eyler has been a member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1976, and has served as an associate dean and the academic department chair of Human Resources. Currently, Eyler is the associate chair and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Leadership Policy and Organizations and directs master's degree programs in Human Resource Development, Organizational Leadership and Service-Learning in Higher Education.


Associate Vice President and founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

An historian with extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships, Harkavy teaches in the history, urban studies, Africana studies, and city and regional planning departments. As director of the Netter Center, he has helped develop service-learning courses as well as participatory-action research projects that involve creating university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia. Harkavy is a member of numerous boards, serving as the U.S. chair of the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy and chair of the Coalition for Community Schools. Harkavy recently co-authored “Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform” and “The Obesity Culture: Strategies for Change—Public Health and University-Community Partnerships.”

Professor of Psychology and former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University
Jim Stellar was dean of Northeastern's College of Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2008. Under his leadership, the college strengthened experiential education through enhanced programs of cooperative education, study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, service learning and community research. The college also began the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute that has helped 39 colleges and universities develop experiential education plans. More recently, Stellar and a team have begun to write about experiential education, its management and the personal transformation it can achieve for students when combined with classical academic excellence. As a psychologist, Stellar's focus is behavioral neuroscience, a subject on which he has published extensively.


A Liberal Arts Curriculum for Effective Practice


President Emerita, Wellesley College
Diana Chapman Walsh served as the 12th president of Wellesley from 1993 to 2007. During her tenure, the college enhanced the curriculum; expanded its offerings in interdisciplinary, experiential and international studies; strengthened religious and spiritual life; and revitalized the campus. Other innovations included the opening of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, the establishment of the Religious and Spiritual Life Program, the creation of a media and technology center, a social science center, a center for the humanities, annual daylong conferences to showcase student learning in the classroom and beyond, and other initiatives designed to strengthen the quality of campus intellectual life. The college raised more than $700-million in new gifts over the 14 years, fortified its management of the endowment and increased it four-fold, to over $1.6-billion. Currently, Walsh is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a trustee of Amherst College, and a member of the MIT Corporation and the boards of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College
Lee Cuba has held a variety of administrative positions at Wellesley including dean of the college from 1999-2004. As dean, he led the faculty in a revision of Wellesley's curriculum and shaped and expanded experiential-learning opportunities for students. He also led strategic reviews of a number of important issues including the role of instructional technology, the impact of electronic discourse, the honor code, multicultural education and faculty development through the life cycle. Cuba's research is concerned with the acquisition and meaning of place identities, with a particular focus on how migrants come to feel at home in new places. He has pursued these interests through fieldwork in Anchorage, Ala., and Cape Cod, Mass., and, more recently, has turned his attention to how college students acquire a sense of "at-homeness" on their campuses. Cuba currently serves as the principal director of the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning, a longitudinal study of the Class of 2010 involving seven selective liberal arts colleges funded by the Teagle, Spencer and Andrew W. Mellon foundations. This collaboration seeks to better understand the intellectual, social and personal engagement of students as they progress through college.


President Emeritus - Purdue University
Martin Jischke retired as Purdue University's 10th president in July 2007. A prominent American higher-education administrator and advocate, he formerly was president of Iowa State University, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla, and faculty member, director, dean and interim president at the University of Oklahoma. In 2006 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has served as president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture and as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a director of Vectored Corporation, Wabash National Corporation, and Duke Realty and a Trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his master's and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Co-director of the Carnegie Foundation's Preparation for the Professions Program (PPP)
The author of "Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America," William Sullivan also examines the link between formal training and practical reflection in effective education. He co-authored "Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law" and "A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice."  The latter work explores how liberal education can incorporate action-oriented pedagogies developed in the professional disciplines. Sullivan co-directs Carnegie's Preparation for the Professions Program, which studies the role of higher education in building professional understanding, skills and integrity through education for the clergy and engineering, law, medicine and nursing professions. Prior to his appointment at Carnegie, Sullivan was a philosophy professor at LaSalle University.


Liberal Education, Effective Practice, and Diversity


Dean of the College Community, Connecticut College

As chief student affairs, academic support and diversity officer at Connecticut College, Armando Bengochea is involved at all levels of institutional planning and charged with exploring and creating new ways to advance diversity across the campus community. Prior to this position, Bengochea spent 20 years at Brown University as an undergraduate academic dean, where he directed university programs ranging from initiatives to deepen campus diversity to academic advising programs and curricular enhancements. He helped plan and launch Brown's First Year Seminar Program and helped organize a Science Diversity Initiative, which explored pedagogical issues pertaining to diversity in Brown's introductory science curriculum. Bengochea is a political scientist with a PhD from Princeton.

Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education, Indiana University Bloomington
Founding director of the widely-used National Survey of Student Engagement, George Kuh has written and presented extensively on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies and campus cultures. In addition, he has been a consultant to about 200 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. His most recent books are "Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter" and "Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations." Kuh serves on the National Leadership Council for the AAC&U Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University
Steven Stemler is the former assistant director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE) at Yale University. His primary areas of interest include measurement and assessment within the domains of social intelligence, intercultural literacy and ethical reasoning. At Yale, Stemler was involved with a variety of large-scale research projects designed to develop psychometrically sound measures of human abilities, competencies and expertise. Perhaps most notable was "The Rainbow Project," designed to examine the extent to which new measures of creativity and practical intelligence could be used to supplement the predictive power of the SAT.



President and CEO, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dennis Berkey is the 15th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, appointed in 2004 following more than 30 years of service in higher education as a tenured faculty member and administrator. He is an award-winning teacher, the author of several mathematics textbooks, and has published research in applied mathematics. His administrative posts have included department chair, dean of arts and sciences, and university provost. Berkey serves on the boards of UMass/Memorial Health Care, Inc., Massachusetts Biomedical Initiative, (Worcester) Research Bureau, Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Initiative, and Leaders for Education. He is a member of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and a former trustee of Muskingum College, the Dibner Institute for Science and Technology and the Huntington Theatre.

President, Wheaton College

Ronald Crutcher was named president of Wheaton College in 2004. He is a national leader in higher education and an active scholar and musician. Under his leadership, Wheaton is undertaking the largest building project in its history, the $50 million Center for Scientific Inquiry and Innovation to promote science education and interdisciplinary scholarship. Crutcher previously served as Provost and Executive Vice President and Professor of Music at Miami University. He is on the boards of the American Council on Education, Berklee College of Music and the Posse Foundation and co-chairs Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. He maintains an active performance schedule as a member of the Klemperer Trio and has published articles on higher education, leadership, chamber music and Black classical music.

Chancellor, University of Maine System

Richard Pattenaude has been Chancellor of the University of Maine System since 2007. He previously served as President of the University of Southern Maine for sixteen years. A scholar and teacher with a PhD in political science, his areas of expertise include American government, university leadership, public administration and organizational theory. Pattenaude serves, or has served, on the boards of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and numerous local boards as part of his commitment to the community and state. He is currently a commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is a member of the Executive Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO). He served on the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education.



Partner and Co-Founder, Charles River Ventures

In 1970, Richard “Rick” Burns co-founded Charles River Venture (CRV), a venture capital firm dedicated to giving visionary entrepreneurs the support they need to build great companies from the ground up. Since then, the firm has helped startups turn their ideas into real, viable businesses. Companies like Cascade, CIENA, ChipCom, NetGenesis, Parametric Technology, Sonus, Speechworks, Stratus Computer, Sybase, Vignette and dozens more have realized success with the backing and support of CRV. In addition, Burns is a director of Passport Corp., chairman of Boston's Museum of Science, chairman of the Entrepreneur's Foundation of New England, vice chairman of Sea Education Association and director of The Boston Foundation. He is also active with Cruising Club of America and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

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Founder, JWF Advisors

John W. Franklin, Jr. is a national figure in the executive search business whose career has focused on matching the talents of individuals with the requirements of positions in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In 1979, after six years with a small search firm in Washington D.C, Franklin was recruited by Russell Reynolds Associates, a national leader in executive search, to open its office in the nation’s capitol. Over the next twenty years Franklin built the Washington office into one of Russell Reynolds’ most successful units, ultimately becoming a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. During this period he also provided recruiting services to a presidential transition team. After leaving Russell Reynolds in 2002, Franklin created JWF Advisors, which provides career counseling to mid-career and senior executives making professional transitions. He has also been selected to provide career planning advice to students at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Franklin is a graduate of Amherst College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Vice President of Cloud Computing, IBM Software Group

Lauren States joined IBM as a systems engineering after graduating from the Wharton School. She has led the company’s client/server emerging business and Midwest sales teams and has served as global technical sales and customer deployment executive. In her current role she leads a global team responsible for establishing market presence while driving overall Cloud and Utility computing strategies at IBM. Her team partners with early adopting customers for joint success, delivering leading-edge capabilities to forerunners while integrating their requirements into IBM strategy, offerings and plans. As a senior executive on IBM’s Integration and Values Leadership Team, she jump-started the company-wide Client Value Initiative—a strategic reshaping of IBM’s external profile testing and deploying innovative techniques for supporting globally integrated enterprises. In 2006, The Network Journal recognized States as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in American Business.


Student Life

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and Center for Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Shaun Harper's areas of expertise include racism and gender disparities in higher education; Black male college access and achievement; and college environments, student outcomes and engagement. Best known for his scholarship on Black male undergraduates, Harper authored three chapters for the book "African American Men in College." His dissertation on Black male college achievers at public universities received the 2003 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Dissertation of the Year Award. In September 2007, Harper was featured on the cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education for his National Black Male College Achievement Study, the largest-ever empirical study of Black male undergraduates. Harper has published five books and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other academic publications. His books and monographs include: "College Men and Masculinities: Using Theory and Research to Inform Practice," "Responding to the Realities of Race on Campus," "Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations," "Creating Inclusive Campus Environments for Cross-Cultural Learning and Student Engagement," "Using Qualitative Methods in Institutional Assessment," and his newest book, "Exceeding Expectations: Black Male College Achievers and Insights into Success."

Dinner Speaker

Bard Center Distinguished Fellow, Bard College at Simon's Rock and Charles Warren Professor of the History of Education, Harvard University (on leave)

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is the Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University (on leave) and a Bard Center Distinguished Fellow at Bard College, where she is establishing the Bard Center for Education and Democracy.  A historian of education, Lagemann is a former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former president of the Spencer Foundation.  Lagemann is the author or editor of nine books as well as numerous articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters. She has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society and is a former trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations and a former vice-chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California.  She is currently co-chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Teacher Preparation, a board member of the Rennie Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and president of the board of Concord Academy, Concord, MA.


Clark Representatives

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Geography and Leo L. and Joan Kraft Laskoff Professor of Economics, Technology and Environment, Clark University

David Angel joined the Clark University faculty in 1987 and was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2003. In his role as Provost, Angel has overseen the implementation of a comprehensive academic plan for Clark University focused on raising the institution’s research profile, strengthening academic outcomes, and enhancing signature features of the educational experience. An economic geographer by training, Angel’s own research focuses upon issues of technological change, economic globalization, and the environment. He has received numerous major grants for this work from the Asian Development Bank, MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The author of three books and numerous research articles, Angel’s current work includes a study of the impacts of economic globalization on industrial environmental performance in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Inaugural Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University

Jim Gomes came to Clark in 2007 with an unusual combination of strategic, administrative, analytic and political skills, as well as a sophisticated understanding of public policy and its implementation. He had been President and CEO of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, where he founded or co-founded several key initiatives, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and the Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative. Prior to this, Gomes served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, Executive Assistant to Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General, and an attorney at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr. In 2006, he co-chaired Governor Deval Patrick’s transition working group on energy and the environment. He is currently the Chairman of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

Dean of the College, Professor of Philosophy, Clark University

Walter Wright has been at Clark since 1968. His interests span many areas of philosophy; his teaching has focused on ethics and the history of philosophy. His particular focus has been classical German idealism, especially the work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte. His translation of Fichte's 1804 lectures has appeared in the SUNY Press series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Wright is also affiliated with Clark’s programs in Ethics and Public Policy and Peace Studies and is on the Executive Committee of Clark’s “Difficult Dialogues” initiative. Outside the university, he serves on the board of the Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative, a group aiming to develop a sustainably harvested wood products business in Western Massachusetts.


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