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
The American Association of Colleges and Universities
Co-founder, Institute for Public Life and Work
Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy
St Paul, MN
NAB Board Chair
Educator, Arts Council Chair
NAB Board Secretary
Co-Chair Saguaro Seminar
Human Development Expert
School Reform & Democracy Advocate
Advocate for Low-Income Students
Los Angeles, CA
Gary M. Shirk
NAB Board Treasurer
International School Reform Advocate
Center Sandwich, NH
Timothy J. Wildman
NAB National Advisory Council
Gregory Prince, Ph. D.
President Emeritus, Hampshire College
Advisor to the Friendship Education Foundation
Brian Amkraut, Ph. D.
Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program
Case Western Reserve University
Noah Coburn, Ph. D.
Cathy Davidson, Ph. D.
Higher Ed Reform Advocate
LaGuardia Community College
Timothy Engstrom, Ph. D.
Professor of Philosophy
Rochester Institute of Technology
Adam Howard, Ed. D.
Professor of Education
K-12 Reform Strategist
Higher Education Consultant
Aaron Stoller, Ph. D.
Director of Freshman Academic Programs
Leonard Waks, Ph. D.
Emeritus President of the John Dewey Society
James H. Wildman, J.D.
Randall Wisehart, Ph. D.
Education Reform Advocate
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