INDIANAPOLIS—Lumina Foundation has announced the appointment of four Lumina Fellows, a new resource designed to engage prominent thought leaders who are committed to advancing the nation’s efforts to dramatically increase postsecondary education attainment.

“Mobilizing a broad cross section of society is critical if we are to reach Goal 2025, which calls for the nation to create a workforce in which 60 percent of Americans have a high quality postsecondary education credential by 2025,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “The four Lumina Fellows represent a variety of talents and backgrounds which will help us address the challenges in system redesign and in rethinking policy to dramatically increase education attainment in the United States—the only acceptable outcome if the country is to maintain a competitive workforce and a healthy democracy.”

The Lumina Fellows will work with the Lumina Executive Team and Strategy Directors to advance its 2013 to 2016 Strategic Plan by analyzing issues and recommending solutions and will use their national media presence to influence the dialogue around issues of importance to Goal 2025. The Lumina Fellows appointed for two-year terms are:

  • Richard (Rich) DeMillo is director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) and a Distinguished Professor of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He founded and leads C21U, a unique institution that serves as Georgia Tech’s “living laboratory” for fundamental change in higher education. As the chair of the Provost’s Council for Educational Technology, DeMillo is responsible for educational technology innovation on campus. He is also a national leader and spokesperson for the online revolution in higher education. He returned to academia in 2002, as the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech after a successful career as an executive in industry and government. Previously, he was chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard and vice president and general manager in charge of Information and Computer Sciences Research at Telcordia Technologies (currently Ericsson). DeMillo also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his twenty-year academic career, he held positions at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Padua (Italy).
  • Bridget Terry Long is Academic Dean and the Xander Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is an economist who specializes in the study of education, in particular the transition from high school to higher education and beyond.  Her work focuses on college student access and choice and the factors that influence students’ postsecondary and labor market outcomes.  Some of her current work examines the roles of information and assistance in college savings, the completion of aid applications and college enrollment.  Other work has examined the effects of financial aid programs, the impact of postsecondary remediation, and the role of faculty, class size, and support programs on student outcomes. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate with the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment.  Long also serves as Chair of the National Board for Education Sciences, the advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Charles Kolb is President of the French-American Foundation, located in New York City. The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices, and consider how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other. Prior to joining the French-American Foundation, he was president of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), served as General Counsel of United Way of America, and held various senior level positions with the federal government, including Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House.
  • Margarita Benítez is Interim Director of the Emerging Leaders Group at the American Council of Education where she directs the nationally recognized ACE Fellows Program, and a Senior Associate at Excelencia in Education. She is the former Senior Associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and Director of Higher Education for The Education Trust. Her lifelong involvement with higher education began at the University of Puerto Rico, where she was a professor of Literature and Humanities, as well as President of UPR’s Cayey Campus (1985 to 1994), and Acting President of the Humacao Campus (1989-1990). She held various senior positions at the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education from 1998 to 2003 where she was responsible for the launching of the GEAR UP and the Title V Institutional Development for Hispanic-Serving Institutions programs, as well as for all other development programs related to minority-serving institutions of higher education under Title III of the Higher Education Act.

Read more about the Lumina Fellows Program.


Related:
Lumina Taps Rich DeMillo Among Inaugural Fellows | Newswise | Oct. 9, 2013

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