William G. Durden, Advisory Board Chairman

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President Emeritus and Professor of Liberal Arts, Dickinson College
Joint Professor (Research), Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Operating Partner, Sterling Partners
Baltimore, Maryland

William G. Durden is President Emeritus and Professor of Liberal Arts at Dickinson College and a Joint Professor (Research) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He is also Operating Partner at Sterling Partners. Dr. Durden was President of Dickinson College from 1999 to 2013. Prior to that, he was a Member of the German Department at the Johns Hopkins University for sixteen years and Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Dr. Durden also served, during his Hopkins’ engagement, for eleven years as a Senior Education Consultant to the U.S. Department of State and chaired the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth.

Directly prior to coming to Dickinson College, he was simultaneously President of the Division of the Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Caliber Learning Network, a joint venture originally of MCI and Sylvan.

Dr. Durden received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College then completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the Johns Hopkins University. Directly following his degree from Dickinson, he studied at the University of Basel, Switzerland as a Fulbright student and was also a student at the University of Freiburg and the University of Muenster, Germany.

Among current activities, Dr. Durden is Chair of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Advisory Board and participates on the selection committee for the German Chancellor’s Award of the Humboldt Foundation. He is also a Board Member of Walden University, a for-profit higher education institute.

Richard Bissell


Dr. Richard Bissell is Executive Director of the Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C.  Also, he serves as the Director of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at NAS.  Prior to joining the NAS, Dr. Bissell held numerous prestigious appointments including as head of the interim secretariat of the World Commission on Dams, as chair and member of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, and as the senior administrator of the Science and Technology Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  He holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.

Victor J. Boschini, Jr

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Victor J. Boschini, Jr., Texas Christian University’s 10th chancellor, earned the bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, the master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and the doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University. He has also received Honorary Doctorates from Lincoln University and The University of Mount Union.  In 2005 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University College of Education.  Dr. Boschini came to TCU after serving as president of Illinois State University, where he also previously served as vice president for student affairs and associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Prior to that he held administrative and teaching positions at Butler and Indiana universities. 

Dr. Boschini is currently serving as president of the Board of Directors of Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas (ICUT).  Previously he served a term as Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU), headquartered in Washington, D.C.   His primary area of advocacy/interest in both groups has been maintaining accessibility for all students to higher education – particularly through federal and state supported financial aid programs.

Angel Cabrera

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Dr. Ángel Cabrera is the sixth president of George Mason University. Prior to joining George Mason University, Cabrera served as the 11th president of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona from 2004 to 2012, being designated President Emeritus in April 2012. He was professor and dean of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, between 1998 and 2004.

Cabrera’s expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations. In 2008, the World Economic Forum appointed him chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship, and The Aspen Institute named him a Henry Crown Fellow. In 2010, he was named topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Cabrera is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and he has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His latest book, Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World, was published by Harvard Business Review. His views on global leadership, higher education, and corporate citizenship have been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. BusinessWeek honored him in 2004 as one of 25 “Stars of Europe.” Cabrera serves on the board of specialty retailer PetSmart. He also serves on the boards of the ESSEC Business School, the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Madrid. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Future Trends Forum in Madrid, and he is the past chairman of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

A native of Spain, Cabrera holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain’s premier engineering university. He earned MS and PhD degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Linn Hobbs

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Linn W. Hobbs holds appointments as Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where has been since 1981, and was the inaugural holder of the John F. Elliott Chair in Materials (1992-1999). Prior to joining M.I.T. in 1981, he was Associate Professor of Ceramic Science at Case Western Reserve University and before that Section Leader in the Defects in Solids Group, Materials Development Division, U.K. Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell.

Professor Hobbs received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University in 1966. the D. Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1972, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He continued at Oxford as NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and was elected a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford (1972-76). At MIT he served as Associate Chair of the MIT Faculty (1993-95), chaired six major Institute faculty committees, and co-authored the 2008 Global Education at MIT (GEOMIT) report. He received MIT’s Arthur C. Smith Award for sustained contributions to MIT’s undergraduate program in 2002.

Hobbs served as President (1987) of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), a Director of the Materials Research Society (MRS, 1994-7) and a Director of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS, 2003-6), of which he is a Fellow He has organized and chaired many MSA symposia and ACerS sessions, co-chaired four MRS symposia on electron microscopy of materials, materials education and radiation effects, co-chaired the materials program for the XII International Electron Microscopy Congress, and was co-organizer of the first international conference on the Science and Technology of Zirconia. He was sole organizer of the 1984 International Workshop on Future Directions in Electron Microscopy, the 1992 International Workshop on Future Directions in Microscopy and Imaging, and the first Engineering Conferences International (ECI) International Conference on Alternative Nuclear Wasteforms (2004). He presently serves on the Conferences Committee of ECI. He has also served on the International Advisory Committee for the series of European and international conferences on Defects in Insulating Solids (1982-92) and the series on Microscopy of Corrosion (1996-2006), serves or has served on the international editorial boards of Ultramicroscopy, Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique, Microscopy & Microanalysis, Corrosion Reviews, Frontiers of Materials Science, and Materials Transactions of the Japanese Institute of Metals, and was a member of two National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences) Committees on long-term research needs for high-level radioactive waste and nuclear materials remediation at DOE Sites.

Professor Hobbs' research interests are in the fields of radiation effects in materials (principally ceramics, but also metals and organics), extended defects and non-stoichiometry in non-metallic solids, atomistic structures of glasses, high-temperature corrosion of metals, and biomedical materials. He has pioneered the application of transmission electron microscopy and diffraction in many of these research areas. He is the author of a book on diffraction principles, co-editor of seven other volumes on electron microscopy, zirconia ceramics and materials education, and has published over 250 book chapters, invited articles and research papers on radiation damage, point and extended defects in materials, atomistic structure of glasses, oxidation and sulfidation of metals, and orthopaedic biomaterials. He is a long-time member of and teaches in the Boston-area consortium Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) and pursues research and teaching interests in ancient cementitious materials (Roman concrete, Egyptian pyramids), ancient glass and faience, and ancient use of natural fiber technologies. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2001.

Ronald Kassimir

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Ron Kassimir joined the Council full-time as a senior advisor in September 2013, supporting the development of new presidential research-planning initiatives on cities, the anxieties of democracy, and scholarly borderlands as well the development of more cross-program connections. He also provides leadership and support for two Africa programs funded by Carnegie Corporation—Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa and the African Peacebuilding Network—and works with colleagues to find synergies between these projects and other Africa-related Council activities. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he managed the Africa Program and, from 2000 to 2005, the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program. He also coordinated research networks on youth and globalization and humanitarian intervention. In 2005, Kassimir became associate dean at the New School for Social Research and associate professor in the Department of Politics, and in 2007 he moved to the New School’s Office of the Provost, where he worked for 6 years as associate provost for research and special projects. From 2011-13, he co-chaired the university committee that produced an institutional Self-Study as part of The New School’s re-accreditation process.  Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa, as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007). He most recently published, with Connie Flanagan, “Youth Civic Engagement in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities” in the Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth (Wiley, 2010).

Linda P. B. Katehi

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Dr. Linda Katehi is Chancellor of University of California, Davis (UC Davis). She holds a joint appointment with the Program of Gender and Women Studies at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she served as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, and as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education in the College of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

Ronald D. Liebowitz

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Dr. Ronald D. Liebowitz is President of Middlebury College. He began his tenure at Middlebury as instructor of Geography in 1984, being promoted to full professor in 1993.  Other positions he held include appointments as Dean of the Faculty, Vice President of the College, Provost and Executive Vice President, and as acting President. Dr. Liebowitz is the recipient of numerous national fellowships from such prestigious organizations as the National Council on Soviet and East European Research, the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the George F. Kennan Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He also served as the first board chair for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). Dr. Liebowitz holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Columbia University in New York.

Bette Loiselle

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Dr. Bette Loiselle is currently Director, Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program in the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.  Prior to joining the University of Florida in August 2011, Dr. Loiselle was Division Director for Environmental Biology (DEB) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010 and 2011 and Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1990 to 2010.  Her research covers many areas from tropical ecology and conservation biology to applications of geographic information systems for biodiversity research and conservation.  From 1997-2003, Dr. Loiselle was the Director of the International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  From 2006-2008, Dr. Loiselle served as a Program Director in the Population and Evolutionary Processes (PEP) Cluster within DEB at NSF.   Dr. Loiselle serves, or has served, as a member of a number of boards, including The Nature Conservancy-Missouri and the American Ornithologist Union, as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Organization for Tropical Studies, and as an Associate Editor for The American Naturalist, a premier journal in the field of ecology.  Dr. Loiselle’s awards include a Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina in 2004 and a C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award, University of Missouri in 2005.  At the University of Florida, Dr. Loiselle directs an interdisciplinary program designed to effectively contribute to conservation and development in tropical regions by crossing disciplines, linking academics to practitioners, and working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.  The TCD Program has more than 85 current graduate students with close to 100 faculty affiliates from more than 20 departments across campus.

Michael B. McCall

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As founding President and CEO of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Dr. Michael B. McCall oversees a System that has an annual operating budget of over $670 million to operate a seamless complex System of 16 colleges with over 67 campuses. Since December, 1998, he has stewarded the merging of 28 community and technical colleges into 16 accredited comprehensive community and technical colleges serving over 100,000 students with more than 600 credit program options that result in certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees.  Under Dr. McCall’s leadership, KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, with 4,919 businesses served in 2008 via his workforce initiatives.

To meet the unmet need of pursuing higher education in an online, anywhere, anyplace, and anytime environment, KCTCS launched Dr. McCall’s virtual learning initiative entitled KCTCS Online that is completely learner-centered and will allow adults to pursue higher education 24/7, 365 days a year.  Other KCTCS accomplishments include the North American Racing Academy (first college-affiliated horse racing academy in the United States), Kentucky Coal Academy, Kentucky Fire Commission, and the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. Dr. McCall has served for over 39 years in community and technical colleges being recognized for his advanced collaborative partnerships, economic development, and innovative use of technology.  On April 17, 2009 he was the recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious State Community College Director Award of Distinction.

Harris Pastides

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Harris Pastides is the 28th president of the University of South Carolina (USC), elected by the university's board of trustees on Aug. 1, 2008.  Previously, Pastides served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, first came to the university in 1998.

Leading by example, Pastides expects students, faculty and staff to set and exceed high expectations, push boundaries and embrace innovation. He is an advocate for student engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships and undergraduate research.  Under his leadership, Carolina's student population has grown to record levels among the system's eight universities on 12 campuses. Knowing that degree attainment significantly affects the quality of life in South Carolina, Pastides continues to spearhead nontraditional programs such as Palmetto College, Back to Carolina, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee to increase university access and affordability. In addition, he leads an unprecedented capital campaign to fund essential needs for knowledge, research, discovery and development.

Before joining the university's faculty, he was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his master's of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.

Anand A. Yang

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Dr. Anand A. Yang is Golub Chair of International Studies and Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2002, Yang taught at the University of Utah and Sweet Briar College.  At Utah he was chair of the History Department for five years and, subsequently, Director of its Asian Studies Program for six years.  Yang is the former editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and Peasant Studies, and has been and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals in Asian Studies and in History.  He is actively engaged in world history projects at the collegiate and precollegiate levels that are aimed at enhancing our historical understanding of our contemporary world.  A member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and of the Executive Committee of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, he is also active in local community organizations, including the World Affairs Council of Seattle/Tacoma.  In 2006 he will begin his term as the President of the Association for Asian Studies.

Yang received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 1976.  He is the author of two books, The Limited Raj: Agrarian Relations in Colonial India and Bazaar India: Peasants, Traders, Markets and the Colonial State in Gangetic Bihar.  Currently, he is working on a book on Indian convicts in Southeast Asia and a number of other projects relating to South Asian and world history.