AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION:
How Does It Measure Up for the 21st Century?
||About The Authors
JAMES B. HUNT JR., who served as governor of North Carolina for four terms, has been at the forefront of education reform in his state and the nation for over 20 years. As governor, he focused on early childhood development, the development of high standards for public schools, and improving the quality of teaching in America. His Smart Start program is a nonprofit, public-private partnership rooted in each of North Carolina's 100 counties providing quality childcare, health care, and family support for each child who needs it. He also put into place one of the nation's most rigorous approaches to measuring and supporting student performance. The Rand Corporation reports that North Carolina's public schools improved test scores more than any other state in the 1990s.
Governor Hunt is currently a partner of the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also chair of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, which was established in 2001 to work with current and emerging political, business, and education leaders to improve public education. He has received numerous national awards and has served as chair or founding chair of several national commissions and organizations working to improve education, including the National Education Goals Panel, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. He has a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a bachelor's and a master's degree from North Carolina State University.
THOMAS J. TIERNEY is chairman and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization providing management consulting services to foundations and other nonprofits. Recently, he led the development of Bridgestar, a Bridgespan initiative dedicated to enhancing and increasing leadership talent for the nonprofit sector. Prior to concentrating on Bridgespan-related activities in 2000, he served as chief executive at Bain & Company. During the 1990s, under Mr. Tierney's leadership, Bain & Company increased revenues six-fold while significantly expanding its international operations.
Mr. Tierney lectures at Harvard Business School and has contributed to numerous case studies and publications, including the Harvard Business Review. He has been profiled in several publications, including Learning from the CEO and Finishing Well. He is co-author of Aligning the Stars (Harvard Business School Press, 2002), a popular book about organization management and strategy. He is a director of eBay, Incorporated, and serves on the boards of many national nonprofit organizations, including the Harvard Business School, the Hoover Institution, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Davis.
GARREY CARRUTHERS has been dean of the College of Business at New Mexico State University since 2003, as well as president and CEO of the Cimarron Health Plan since 1993. He served as governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1990. Prior to running for governor he was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University, where he joined the faculty in 1968. He served as assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1981 to 1984 and as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 1974—75. From 1976 to 1978 he was director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University.
Governor Carruthers has been president of the New Mexico Association of Health Plans, a member of the New Mexico Education and Accountability Task Force, founding director of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and a founding board member of Think New Mexico. He is also past director of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Greater Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence, the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico, and many other organizations. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University, and a bachelor's and a master's degree from New Mexico State University.