Professor and President Emeritus, Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, Tulane University
Digital Promise’s Board Chair Dr. Eamon Michael Kelly has the distinction of being the first social scientist to be elected Chairman of the Board of the National Science Foundation and served 17 years as President of Tulane University. Prior to coming to Tulane, Dr. Kelly served as the Chairman of the Association of American Universities, and the original Chairman of the Satellite Working Group, which established the first nation wide private satellite system in the U.S. for the benefit of the Public Broadcasting Service.
In 1968, Kelly was appointed to U.S. government service by the President serving as Director of Policy Formulation with the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Dr. Kelly joined the Ford Foundation in 1969 and served as Officer-in-Charge for the Office of Social Development, the Foundations largest domestic and civil rights division. In 1977, Kelly served as a special consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives where he participated in drafting legislation that provided a $1.7 billion guarantee to prevent the insolvency of New York City.
In 1981, Dr. Kelly became the 13th president of Tulane University. He retired from the presidency and returned to the faculty in 1998 and currently teaches courses at Tulane on international urban and rural development.
Head, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Shirley Malcom directs Education and Human Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This includes programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. In addition to Digital Promise, Dr. Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments and Public Agenda. She is a Regent of Morgan State University and a trustee of Caltech.
Dr. Malcom has chaired several national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. She is a fellow of AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation (1994 to 1998) and on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (1994-2001). Dr. Malcom received her Ph.D. in ecology from Penn State; masters in zoology from UCLA; and B.S. with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 16 honorary degrees. In 2003 Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.
Former President, NBC News
Mr. Grossman served as president of NBC News from 1984-88 and president of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) during its formative years, from 1976-84. From 1966-76, Mr. Grossman was president of his own media, public affairs and advertising company, Lawrence K. Grossman, Inc. Among its clients: the Ford Foundation, WNET/13, Children’s Television Workshop, the Public Broadcasting Service, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the United Negro College Fund. From 1962-66 he was NBC’s vice president of advertising, and prior to that was an advertising and promotion executive at CBS and Look magazine.
In 1965, Mr. Grossman occupied the Frank Stanton First Amendment Chair at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and in 1990 was appointed senior fellow and visiting scholar at Columbia’s Gannett Center for Media Studies.
He has served as a trustee of the Federation of American Scientists, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, the International Longevity Center USA; the Columbia College Board of Visitors, and the International Council for Global Health (Paris).
Executive Director & CEO, Kentucky Educational Television
Shae Hopkins is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of KET, Kentucky Educational Television, the only statewide broadcast and multimedia network in Kentucky. KET is a national leader in local content and educational resource production, including early childhood, K-12, teacher professional development, adult education and literacy. A 28-year veteran of KET, Ms. Hopkins has been recognized with various industry awards including the National Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Television Stations. She serves on the PBS Board of Directors and is the current chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Ms. Hopkins also serves on the Organization of State Broadcast Executives Board, Governor’s Post-Secondary Education Nominating Commission (Kentucky), and the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies National Advisory Board.
CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.
Vince Juaristi is CEO, President, and Founder of ARBOLA, an information technology and management consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Prior to founding ARBOLA, Mr. Juaristi accepted appointment from the U.S. State Department serving one year in Afghanistan to develop the Afghan Justice Centers at the U.S. Bagram Military Base in Parwan and Kandihar, a program intended to advance a free and fair justice system for the Afghan people. For 10 years before, he served as Executive Vice President at VIP Consulting, helping to build a small firm into a highly competitive federal IT company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with nearly a thousand employees. Mr. Juaristi also received Presidential appointment to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service, serving as vice chairman. He has founded or served on the board of many non-profits including the Juaristi Scholarship Program, which helps kids go to college.
Partner, Alsop Louie Partners
Mr. Louie is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. intelligence community with venture-backed entrepreneurial companies. Previously Mr. Louie built a career as a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry, with accomplishments that include the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator as well as being the person who licensed Tetris, the world’s most popular computer game, from its developers in the Soviet Union. During that career, Mr. Louie founded and ran a publicly traded company called Spectrum HoloByte which ultimately was acquired by Hasbro Corporation, where he served as chief creative officer. He has served on a number of boards of directors, including Wizards of the Coast, Netwitness, Ribbit, Zephyr Technologies, the National Venture Capital Association, the CIA Officers Memorial Fund and currently chairs the Mandarin Institute and the Federation of American Scientists.
President, University of the District of Columbia
Ron Mason has served as the president of the University of the District of Columbia since July 2015. His reputation for strong leadership and responsible governance is bolstered by more than 30 years of experience in the higher education, community development, and legal fields. Previously, Mr. Mason served as president of the Southern University and A&M College System as well as president of Jackson State University. He also held a number of leadership roles over an 18-year period at Tulane University, and served as the founder and executive director of the National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane and Xavier Universities. Mason received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. He attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management and is the recipient of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor from the City of New Orleans, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award from Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier universities, and was one of five recipients of Columbia University’s 2008 John Jay Award for distinguished alumni.
Chairman Emeritus, Cisco Systems, Inc.
John P. Morgridge is Chairman Emeritus of Cisco. Morgridge joined Cisco in 1988 as President and CEO, and grew the company from $5 million to more than $1 billion in sales and from 34 to more than 2,250 employees. In 1990 he took Cisco public, in 1995 was appointed chairman, and in 2006 became chairman emeritus.
Mr. Morgridge helped set the culture of Cisco as one of innovation, empowerment, frugality, and giving back. As chairman emeritus, he continues to champion a range of education and corporate citizenship initiatives, and he is a guiding force behind the company’s long-term commitment to focusing on basic human needs, responsible citizenship, and access to education.
Mr. Morgridge actively supports a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives. He is co-chair of the Asia/Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, co-chair of the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, and serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, the Cisco Foundation, Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, TOSA Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Wisconsin Technology Initiative.
Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company
Rick Stephens retired after 33 years at The Boeing Company as senior vice president for Human Resources and Administration and is co-founder of Birth2Work. During his career at Boeing, Mr. Stephens led a number of businesses with operations across the US and overseas. He has supported the National Governors Association, served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the US President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board. Mr. Stephens has published numerous articles on workforce, education and STEM, and is co-author of the book “The System, Igniting the Soul of Commerce”. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Mr. Stephens is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians serving as tribal chairman from 1988 to 1989.
The initial Board of Directors was selected by the Secretary of the Office of Education pursuant to Digital Promise’s enabling Statute. New Board members will be selected by the Board which will seek to maintain a Board of Directors that takes into consideration: various geographic regions of the Country, various professions and occupations and the talent and experiences appropriate to such a position.