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Stephen Balch
President, National Association of Scholars

Stephen H. Balch is president of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), an organization of professors, graduate students, college administrators and trustees, and independent scholars committed to rational discourse as the foundation of academic life. He began the organization while he was a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. NAS evolved from the Campus Coalition for Democracy, which Balch founded in 1982.

Balch is the author of numerous articles on higher education and its problems, which have appeared in such publications as Commentary, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Philanthropy. He was instrumental in the founding of the American Council of Alumni and Trustees, the American Academy for Liberal Education, and the Association for the Study of Free Institutions and Free Societies, as well as other groups. Since the early 1990s he has been working through the NAS to promote the establishment of new academic programs focused on the study of free institutions and Western Civilization.

Balch holds a doctorate in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Alston Chase
Independent Scholar

Alston Chase is a well-known scholar and writer who established a national reputation through his writing on environmental policy. His books include Playing God in Yellowstone (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich), In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the Myths of Nature (Houghton Mifflin), and Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist (W. W. Norton). The winner of several magazine awards, Chase has written on education, the history of ideas, and the environment for the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has contributed scholarly papers to the Educational Record, the Rockefeller Foundation Working Papers, Academic Questions, and the National Science Foundation’s Division of Policy Research and Analysis.

Chase, who lives in Montana, holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities including Harvard and Princeton. He served as chairman of the department of philosophy at Macalester College in Minnesota and has held fellowships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs.

Alan Charles Kors
President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Alan Charles Kors is the president and codirector of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in European intellectual history. He was a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar for 2003-2004.

Kors served on the Council of the National Endowment of the Humanities for six years. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the Historical Society. He has published extensively on the conceptual revolutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and he was editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (four volumes, 2002). In addition, he has recorded two courses for The Teaching Company, one on “The Birth of the Modern Mind” and one on “Voltaire: The Mind of the Enlightenment.”

Kors has worked to uphold academic freedom since his arrival at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993, Kors defended Eden Jacobowitz in the infamous “water buffalo case,” which led to the writing of The Shadow University (1998) with Harvey Silverglate and to the formation of FIRE. Kors has been recognized for his commitment to liberty and fairness by his colleagues, who have elected him four times to University and School Committees on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. He has also received two awards—the Lindback Foundation Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award—for distinguished college teaching and numerous awards for his defense of academic freedom. Kors is a contributing editor of Reason magazine, and he has written and lectured widely on America’s campuses.

John Moore
President Emeritus, Grove City College

John H. Moore came to Grove City College in June 1996 and soon led the college through its withdrawal from federal student loan programs, which completed the college’s break from federal ties. Soon after, Moore helped lead the college’s first public campaign, Change and Commitment, which raised $60 million and made possible the Hall of Arts and Letters, the Student Activities Center and an addition to the Pew Fine Arts Center.

An experienced international educator, Moore also encouraged the college to prepare students for Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships, and he instituted student exchanges in Japan and South Korea. Moore also kept the college at the forefront of technology. He and his wife, Sue, were instrumental in the college’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2001.

Moore earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. His doctorate in economics came from the University of Virginia in 1966. Moore has published books and articles on subjects such as science policy and European economic systems. He has been a Procter & Gamble research chemist, a professor at well-known universities, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and President Reagan’s deputy director of the National Science Foundation. The Moores have two grown sons and a grandson and now reside in Florida.

Anne Neal
President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Neal is the President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and manager of the Fund for Academic Renewal. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in American history and literature. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School where she served as the first woman editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation

From 1980 to 1982, Ms. Neal specialized in the First Amendment at the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells. Subsequently, she has served as general counsel of the Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President; associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wiley & Rein; senior vice president and deputy general counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America; and general counsel and congressional liaison of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Neal was formerly co-editor of the American Bar Association’s publication Communications Lawyer and currently edits the quarterly newsletter Inside Academe. She is the co-author of The Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving (with Jerry L. Martin) and author of numerous articles on intellectual property rights, trade, and telecommunications.

John Shelton Reed
Professor Emeritus, Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill

John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science for twelve years and also helped found the university's Center for the Study of the American South.

He has written or edited over a dozen books, including 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South, written with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed. His articles have appeared in professional and popular periodicals ranging from Science to Southern Living. He was a contributing writer for the Oxford American and he is a founding co-editor of the quarterly Southern Cultures.

Reed has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the National Humanities Center, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has lectured at over 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including a number of universities in India as a Fulbright distinguished lecturer, and he has held visiting positions at many institutions, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London, and St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He spent 1996-97 at Cambridge University as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions and fellow of St Catharine's College.

He has served as president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research, and was appointed by President Reagan to the council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers and honorary degrees from the University of the South and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

John E. R. Staddon
James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, Duke University

John Staddon is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and a professor of biology and neurobiology at Duke University He conducts research on adaptive behavior. evolution, and learning; computational neuroscience; and the policy implications of psychobiology.

Staddon has worked at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and the University of York (United Kingdom), the Ruhr University and the University of Konstanz (Germany), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Western Australia. He is an honorary professor at the University of York. Staddon’s Ph.D. is from Harvard University.

Thomas Taylor
Hylton Professor of Accountancy, Wake Forest University

Thomas Taylor is professor emeritus of accountancy at the Calloway Business School, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His major teaching and research interests have been cost accounting/management accounting; international accounting standards; and accounting and financial developments in Central and Eastern Europe including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.

Taylor’s work integrates issues of privatization, accounting reform, and economic, political, and social change. He has also been associated with the Institute of Business Studies in Moscow where he has delivered numerous lectures on accounting over the past fifteen years. His work in Russia has also involved research and publications on the process of Russian accounting reform since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Taylor served as dean of the Calloway School from 1980 to 1992. His professional work experience includes Western Electric Company, Inc., Arthur Andersen, and PriceWaterhouse. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Taylor joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 1971 and also has taught at North Caroline State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Louisiana State University, and University of Hawaii.

Abigail Thernstrom
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Abigail Thernstrom is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, and vice-chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Thernstrom and her husband, Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom, are the coauthors of America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible, and No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning (both published by Simon & Schuster). They are also the editors of Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity. Thernstrom's 1987 work, Whose Votes Count? Affirmative Action and Minority Voting Rights (Harvard University Press) won four awards, including the American Bar Association's Certificate of Merit, and the Anisfield-Wolf prize for the best book on race and ethnicity.

Thernstrom’s frequent media appearances have included Fox News Sunday, Good Morning America, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. For some years, she was a stringer for the Economist, and she continues to write frequently for a variety of journals and newspapers, including the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Thernstrom received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She serves on several boards: the Center for Equal Opportunity, and the Institute for Justice, among others. From 1992 to 1997 she was a member of the Aspen Institute's Domestic Strategy Group.

Walter E. Williams
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from U.C.LA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctor Honoris Causa en Ciencias Sociales from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. He serves on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of economics at Grove City College.

Williams is the author of over eighty publications which have appeared in scholarly journals including Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Georgia Law Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and Social Science Quarterly, as well as popular publications like Newsweek, Freeman, National Review, Reader’s Digest, Cato Journal, and Policy Review.

He has made scores of radio and television appearances, which include Nightline, Firing Line, Face the Nation, Milton Friedman's Free To Choose, Crossfire, MacNeil/Lehrer, Wall Street Week, and many more. Williams writes a weekly syndicated column, which is carried by approximately 160 newspapers, and he is a regular commentator for Nightly Business Report. He is also an occasional substitute host for the Rush Limbaugh show.

He is the author of six books, including America: A Minority Viewpoint, The State Against Blacks, which was later made into the PBS documentary "Good Intentions," All It Takes Is Guts: South Africa's War Against Capitalism, which was later revised for South African publication, Do the Right Thing: The People's Economist Speaks, and More Liberty Means Less Government.

Marty Zupan
President, Institute for Humane Studies

Marty Zupan is president of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), based at George Mason University. IHS ( is an independent nonprofit organization that offers programs for college and university students from around the world. These include educational programs exploring the principles of a free society and career-oriented programs for students intending careers in academia, public policy, journalism, and popular culture.

Prior to joining IHS, Zupan was editor-in-chief of the monthly opinion magazine Reason. Her writing has been published in Philosophy of Science, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, and Occasional Review, as well as the New York Times Book Review and various newspapers and magazines. Zupan received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

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