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National Center Names New Board Members

Charles E. Kolb
(Photo by Dennis Brack, Black Star, for CrossTalk)
Charles E.M. Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development, and California State Senator Jack Scott have been named members of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

Since 1997 Kolb has headed the Committee for Economic Development, which is an independent, nonpartisan research and policy organization of 250 business and education leaders dedicated to economic and social policy research and the implementation of its recommendations by the public and private sectors.

From 1990 to 1992 Kolb served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. He also held senior-level federal positions in the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Education.

Kolb received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and did graduate work at Baliol College, Oxford University, receiving a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics. He also holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Senator Jack Scott
(Photo by Steve Yeater for CrossTalk)
Senator Jack Scott, a Los Angeles Democrat, chairs the Senate Committee on Education and also the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, which oversees almost half of California's state budget. He has served in the Senate since 2000 and before that served four years as a state assemblyman. From 1987 to 1996 he was president of Pasadena City College.

Scott attended Abilene Christian College and later earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in American History from Claremont Graduate University.

Virginia B. Smith Award

George Kuh, a leader in the movement to improve the quality of undergraduate education in the United States, has received the Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award for 2005.

George Kuh
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Kuh, a professor of higher education at Indiana University, directs the National Survey of Student Engagement, an annual survey of more than half a million college students that provides information to help colleges, universities, states and policymakers improve undergraduate education.

The award, which is co-sponsored by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Higher Education, in Atlanta in March.

"Through his work, George Kuh has helped to redefine the concept of quality in undergraduate education, said Patrick M. Callan, president of the National Center. "Even more importantly, he has developed practical tools for campus improvement."

The Innovative Leadership Award is named for Virginia B. Smith, president emerita of Vassar College and founding director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

James B. Hunt Jr.
(Photo by Stanley Leary, Black Star, for CrossTalk)
Former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr. delivered the first Virginia B. Smith Leadership Lecture.

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