BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shorelight Education today announced the formation of a board of trustees and named its first four members, all with extensive experience in global education organizations and programs whose expertise will further Shorelight's mission of helping universities become more global through innovative partnerships.
The board members include Dr. William G. Durden, former president of Dickinson College; Rick Little, the founder of ImagineNations Group and the International Youth Foundation; James H. Roth, current CEO and president of Huron Consulting Group; and Dr. David A. Wilson, longtime faculty member at leading institutions and previous CEO and president at Graduate Management Admission Council Inc. (GMAC).
"Our board of trustees shares our commitment to keeping student success at the forefront of everything we do," said Tom Dretler, CEO of Shorelight. "They know what it means to innovate in higher education and will expand our thinking, our networks and as well as our global reach."
Board of Trustees members include:
Dr. William G. Durden
Durden is currently dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bath Spa University. He served as president of Dickinson College from 1999 to 2013 and prior to that was a member of the German department at the Johns Hopkins University for 16 years and executive director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Durden also served, during his Hopkins' engagement, for 11 years as a senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State, chaired the advisory committee on Exceptional Children and Youth, and currently holds a joint appointment as research professor in the school of education at Johns Hopkins and chair of the advisory board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. In 2001, Durden provided a tutorial to former U.K. Prime Minister, Tony Blair, regarding education in the United States. Durden has also studied internationally as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Basel in Switzerland, the University of Munster and the University of Freiburg in Germany.
Durden received an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and then completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in German language and literature from the Johns Hopkins University. After receiving his degree from Dickinson, he studied at the University of Basel, Switzerland as a Fulbright Scholar and was also a student at the University of Freiburg and the University of Muenster, Germany.
Little is the founder and president of ImagineNations Group (www.imaginenations.org), an organization that inspires and develops practical strategies that change the odds for people where they work, live and learn. He is also the founder of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) (www.iyfnet.org) whose global network of partners in more than 80 countries invest in hundreds of projects in education, health, leadership and employment. Additionally, he led the design and establishment of Silatech (www.silatech.com), an organization chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, to address youth employment across the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently chairman of the Silatech Board Executive Committee.
Little has received numerous awards for his life's work, including the presidential award of the International Association of Lions Clubs. He was named one of the world's 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and was selected by his peers to receive the Robert W. Scrivner award from the U.S.-based Council on Foundations, an award recognizing innovative leadership as a philanthropist and grant maker.
James H. Roth
Roth is the CEO, president and a member of the board of directors of Huron Consulting Group Inc. Before taking on this role at Huron in 2009, he served as Huron's vice president and practice group leader of Huron's Health and Education Consulting segment.
With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Roth has worked with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Moreover, under his leadership Huron has been named by Consulting magazine as one of The Best Firms to Work For in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and has ranked number three on Modern Healthcare's list of Largest Healthcare Management Consulting Firms for four years in a row. Roth has been a frequent speaker in national forums on matters relating to higher education and academic medical centers. He was appointed to the board of Aviv REIT, a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in skilled nursing facilities in March 2013. He received a B.A. in political science and economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. David A. Wilson
Wilson is a director of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and CoreSite Realty Corporation and previously served as CEO and president at Graduate Management Admission Council Inc. (GMAC), the owner and administrator of the GMAT standardized test for graduate programs. He also served on the board of directors and Conseil Administration of the Conferie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.
Currently, Wilson is a member of the Corporation of Johnson & Wales University and serves on the advisory council of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Previously, Wilson was a national trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra. He served on The Wolf Trap Foundation and was a director of Terra Industries Inc. and Laureate Education Inc. (formerly Sylvan Learning Systems Inc.) He served as a faculty member at Queen's University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas and Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. Wilson received a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University in Canada, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctorate from the University of Illinois.
About Shorelight Education
Shorelight Education is a U.S.-based education company that is focused on partnering with leading nonprofit universities to increase access and drive success for international students, boost institutional growth, and enhance an institution's global footprint. Our purpose is to Educate the World – a call to action that defines our people and our point of view. We are committed to inspiring change that creates more opportunities for students and cross-cultural exchange, ultimately leading to better, more healthy, peaceful, respectful, compassionate and sustainable communities. www.shorelight.com
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