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Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland
Dr. William Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape.
Former Chancellor, University of Alabama System and University System of Georgia
Dr. Thomas C. Meredith has served as a university president and as the head of three university systems. Most recently he served as Commissioner of Higher Education for Mississippi's university system of eight universities. In January 2002, he was appointed chancellor for the University System of Georgia, responsible for the state's 34 public colleges and universities.
Former Senior Vice President for Programs and Research, AGB
Mr. Rich Novak is a senior fellow at AGB, serving to advance the association’s interests and member needs in state and federal policy and board education. During his 21-year career at AGB, he served as the senior vice president for programs and research and as executive director of the Ingram Center.
Former Chancellor, Winston-Salem State University
Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider is president of Schexnider & Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm in Chesapeake, Virginia. Before retiring in April 2007, he was executive vice president of Norfolk State University where he also served as interim president. Following an 18 month hiatus he served as president of Thomas Nelson Community College from 2008 to 2011 before a second retirement.
President Emeritus, Berea College
Dr. Larry D. Shinn brings the experience of his 42-year career in higher education to work collaboratively with presidents and boards of trustees on presidential coaching and assessment, board assessment and development, and strategic thinking as an effective means of institutional transformation.


Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Mr. Callery retired in 2012 as executive vice president and general counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the principal private sector regulator of the securities industry in the United States.
Trustee, Simmons College
Ms. Yvonne Jackson is a trustee of Simmons College and the immediate past chairwoman of the board of Spelman College.
President and CEO, University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Leonard Raley is president and CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. (USMF), and vice chancellor for advancement for the University System of Maryland (USM), where he has served since 2005.

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