Who We Are

NAB Directors, Board Members, and National Advisors

Who We Are

The NAB Project is a national non-profit liberal arts consultancy that assists small liberal arts colleges and universities to revitalize their concepts and practice of a liberal education, and thereby enhance the personal, social, and civic capabilities of twenty first century learners.

Our mission is to extend the transformational liberal arts learning ethos to new populations within and beyond the colleges’ geographical region, in service to social justice, humane values, and democratic citizenship in the rapidly shifting higher education landscape.

The NAB Project has a wealth of experience in higher education history, philosophy, policy, practice, leadership, administration, and consulting. It also draws on a board of advisors made of leaders in the world of higher education reform. The NAB recognizes the complexity of the challenges that US liberal arts education faces, and the critical need for integrated and collaborative work with key reformers and organizations. Our board and national advisory council are such reforms leaders and we have active partnerships with them, including working with their partner organizations such as the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning and the Institute for Public Life and Work.

NAB Board of Directors

Jose Antonio Bowen
Senior Fellow
The American Association of Colleges and Universities
Dallas, Texas

Harry Boyte
Co-founder, Institute for Public Life and Work
Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy
Augsburg University
St Paul, MN

Roger Brooks
NAB Board Chair
Educator, Arts Council Chair
Facing History and Ourselves
Concord, NH

Lewis Feldstein
NAB Board Secretary
Co-Chair Saguaro Seminar
Concord, NH

Gerri King
Human Development Expert
Human Dynamics Associates, inc.
Concord, NH

Deborah Meier
School Reform, Democracy Advocate, and Scholar
Hillsdale, NY

Mike Rose*
Research Professor
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Gary M. Shirk
NAB Board Treasurer
Entrepreneur
Bow, NH

Tony Wagner
Senior Research Fellow
Learning Policy Institute
Center Sandwich, NH

Timothy J. Wildman
Pastoral Counselor
Retired
Concord, NH

*Mike Rose recently passed away. For the time being, in memoriam to all of the work he has done, he will remain on the board list.

NAB National Advisory Council

Gregory Prince, Ph. D.
Advisor to the Friendship Education Foundation
President Emeritus,Hampshire College
Norwich, Virginia

Brian Amkraut, Ph. D.
Executive Director at Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Noah Coburn, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy
Bennington College
Bennington, Vermont

Cathy Davidson, Ph. D.
Higher Ed Reform Advocate
LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, New York

Timothy Engstrom, Ph. D.
Professor of Philosophy
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

Adam Howard, Ed. D.
Professor of Education
Colby College
Waterville, Maine

Nathan Schmitt
K-12 Reform Strategist
The HadaNõu Collective
Denver, Colorado

Jennifer Schuberth
Higher Education Consultant
Portland, Oregon

Aaron Stoller, Ph. D.
Director of Freshman Academic Programs
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Leonard Waks, Ph. D.
President Emeritus
The John Dewey Society
Lorinhã, Portugal

James H. Wildman, J.D.
Attorney
Brooklyn, New York

Randall Wisehart, Ph. D.
Education Reform Advocate
Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

NAB Personnel

Rob Fried, Ed. D., NAB Executive Director and the originator of this project is a retired Northeastern University professor and author (The Passionate Teacher, The Game of School, and The Skeptical Visionary: A Seymour Sarason Educational Reader) who in the early 1970s led a program of similar design, called Life Studies, at the University of New Hampshire. A former colleague of Ted Sizer in the Coalition of Essential Schools and lifelong advocate for educational reform at the K-12, community, and higher education levels, Fried recently headed the Upper Valley Educational Institute, a free-standing performance-based graduate school for teacher and principal certification. Send a message to Rob or call (603) 203-5812.

 

Eli Kramer, Ph. D., NAB Director of Research, is an assistant professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Wrocław. He has been a co-organizer of the John Dewey Society Democracy in Education Initiative and an Educational Consultant for the EU- Creating Responsive, Engaging and Tailored Education with Students (CREATES) Strategic Partnership. Send a message to Eli