For over three decades, Dr. John J. DeGioia has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research. Since graduating from the University in 1979, he has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member. On July 1, 2001, he became Georgetown’s 48th president.
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Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, is a professor of political science and a faculty fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies as well as the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Scully founded Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in 1993 and served as chair of the ACE Advisory Board until 2013. He is founder, fellow and Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). The IEI consists of the various programs of ACE, as well as the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), Education, Schooling and Society (ESS), the Center for STEM Education and other education-related initiatives at Notre Dame. He is a Trustee and Fellow of the University.
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Brad Gioia has served as Headmaster at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville since 1994. He also teaches English IVAP. During that time the school has enjoyed tremendous achievements in academics, athletics, the arts, and annual giving. Gioia has also overseen the growth of the school’s physical campus, including the transformation of the school’s Harding Road campus, as well as the addition of 10 acres in Sylvan Park and 150 acres in McMinnville, Tennessee, that is home to the school’s observatory. The school has also expanded beyond the borders of the United States, with exchange programs on five continents that send nearly 100 boys across the globe every year.
Prior to his arrival at MBA, Gioia spent eighteen years at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. He served in a variety of roles, including English faculty, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, and Headmaster.
Gioia holds a B.A. in English from University of the South, a M.A. in English from Middlebury College, and a M.Ed., Administration from West Georgia College. He is involved with a wide variety of civic and professional organizations, including the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, The Country Day School Headmaster’s Association, a founding member of the Winchester International Symposium, The Headmaster’s Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Downtown Rotary Club. He has recently been asked to serve with four other heads of school from around the world to form a charter school, similar to the model of the African Leadership Academy, for the best and brightest students in Slovakia.
Gioia and his wife, Minna, are the parents of two children, Christopher, 27, and Gabrielle, 25.
Nick Stoneman is President of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, a 155-year-old, 6th-12th grade boarding prep school in Faribault, Minnesota, where he has been for the last decade. During his tenure at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, he has increased student enrollment by nearly 50 percent and raised millions of dollars to strengthen the school’s endowment and fund new programs, including its renowned Circles of Excellence model. Having run several different types of schools over the last 18 years, he is excited about the direction Shattuck-St. Mary’s is taking in its comprehensive commitment to implementing blended learning, as well as its move into international expansion through the development of additional campuses across the globe. Mr. Stoneman has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.A. from Columbia University in Private School Leadership.
Douglas Marcouiller, S.J., is the provincial superior of the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, a province associated with six high schools, a junior college, three universities, six parishes, and three spirituality centers in the United States and Belize. Before becoming provincial Father Marcouiller taught economics for five yeas at Saint Louis University and ten at Boston College. His research, which has appeared in the American Economic Review, the International Economic Review, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, is informed by a long association with the Jesuit university in San Salvador, the Universidad Centroamericana. Father Marcouiller holds degrees from Princeton, Yale, and the University of Texas, and he has served as a trustee at Boston College, Marquette University, Regis University, and Saint Louis University.
Pat Bassett recently retired as president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a post he held since 2001. He began his career in independent schools in 1970 as an English teacher and lacrosse coach at Woodberry Forrest School (VA) and subsequently became headmaster of Stuart Hall (VA) and Pomfret School (CT).
Mr. Bassett served on the Executive Committee and as President of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), as well as on the board as a trustee of NAIS (1985-1989), The Multicultural Alliance (1994-2000), The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (since 1996), and The Council for American Private Education (since 2001). In June 2010, he was appointed to the board of trustees of Williams College. Mr. Bassett is an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University, and was honored in March 2000 by The Klingenstein Center of Teachers College with the Educational Leadership Award. In 2001, he was invited to join the The Klingenstein Center Advisory Board.
Mr. Bassett is the author of numerous book chapters and articles, plus co-editor of Looking Ahead: Independent School Issues and Answers, Avocus Books 1994 (1st Edition) and 2004 (2nd Edition). In 2010, he received NESA’s Finis Engleman Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J. is an experienced administrator and a leading scholar of Catholic education. He is currently the Interim Director of Boston College’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality and formerly served as the Dean of the Lynch School of Education at BC. He holds several advanced degrees, including: Ed.D., M.Ed. (Harvard University); S.T.L., M.Div. (BC); and M.A. (Fordham University).
Fr. O’Keefe’s research focuses on the ways that educational leaders create sustainable institutions to enhance the common good. He investigates issues including mission and identity, staffing, structure, and student access and retention. In particular, he has a long history of publishing and lecturing about religiously affiliated educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad. His work is both theoretical and empirical, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the latter. This year, he is conducting a study of faith-based schools in the U.S.; conducting a follow-up study of his longitudinal project on inner-city Catholic elementary schools; and he is working with colleagues around the globe to update The International Handbook of Catholic Education, which he published in 2007.
He brings an array of professional experiences to his scholarship: experience as a secondary school language teacher; 10 years as a university administrator; professional development work with the National Catholic Educational Association as well as local districts, dioceses and schools; and membership on boards at elementary, secondary, and higher educational institutions. He teaches in the educational leadership programs (M.Ed. and Ed.D.) and the higher education program. Earlier this year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him to a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 500 schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
He and co-author Dan Kindlon wrote the New York Times best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. He is also the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons and, along with Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D., is co-author of Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems and Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children, about which Publishers Weekly declared, “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.” Along with Teresa Barker, Thompson wrote The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life to help parents understand children’s complex journey through school, from kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, titled It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. He is currently writing a new book about summer camps and school trips titled Homesick and Happy: How Children Change and Grow When They Are Away from Their Parents.
A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and US News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s “Morning Edition” with Susan Stamberg, “Talk of the Nation” with Ray Suarez, and “The Diane Rehm Show.” He wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary titled Raising Cain that was broadcast nationally in 2006.
Dr. Thompson serves on the board of the American Camping Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent magazine.