Our Advisors

Hands-on expertise. The great minds that bring fresh perspectives and expertise to ITHAKA

Lawrence S. Bacow

President, Tufts University

Prior to becoming president of Tufts University in 2001, Lawrence S. Bacow was a lawyer and economist, an internationally recognized expert on non-adjudicatory approaches to the resolution of environmental disputes. Today he holds faculty appointments in five departments at Tufts: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences; Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering; Public Health and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine; and in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from the Politecnico di Bari, Hebrew College, and the University of Brighton.


President Bacow is a director of Tufts Medical Center, the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, the Cummings Foundation, and Campus Compact. A member of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, he chairs the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network, an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. He also serves on the visiting committee for Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Properties, Inc.


A native of Michigan, President Bacow received his bachelor of science in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, and his master of public policy and doctor of philosophy from the Kennedy School. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was the chancellor and Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT. He has also held visiting professorships and research appointments at five universities abroad. The Bacows have two married sons, both of whom live in New York City. President Bacow is a runner and an avid sailor.

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Daniel Greenstein

Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination

Daniel Greenstein was appointed vice provost for Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination in March 2007. He previously served as university librarian for systemwide library planning and executive director of the California Digital Library. Prior to joining the university, he was director of the Digital Library Federation in the United States and founding director of two networked information services working on behalf of the United Kingdom's universities and colleges. He holds degrees from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Oxford, and began his career as a senior lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow.

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Kevin M. Guthrie

President of ITHAKA

Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management. Mr. Guthrie was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004), and oversaw their merger in 2010 to form ITHAKA.


Previously Mr. Guthrie started his own software development company that served the needs of college and professional football teams, and later served as a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he authored The New York Historical Society: Lessons from One Nonprofit's Long Struggle for Survival (Jossey Bass). His diverse background also includes experience as a professional football player, a sports broadcaster and producer, and a consultant for an Oscar-winning motion picture.


Mr. Guthrie holds a bachelor of science in engineering in civil engineering from Princeton University and a master of business administration from Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Sari Chang, and their three children.

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William E. Kirwan

Chancellor,University System of Maryland

Before taking the role as Maryland University system chancellor in 2002, William E. Kirwan served as president of Ohio State University for 4 years (1998 to 2002) and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years (1988 to 1998). He had previously been a member of the University of Maryland faculty for 24 years.


In Maryland, Dr. Kirwan co-chairs the Governor's P-20 STEM Task Force and is a member of the Governor's International Advisory Board and the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also is a member of the boards of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Baltimore Committee, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. In 2007, Dr. Kirwan became the 16th recipient of the Maryland House of Delegates Speakers' Medallion in recognition of his service to the House and to the State of Maryland. He also received the Maryland Senate's First Citizen Award in 1998 in recognition of his commitment and service to the state.


Dr. Kirwan received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and his master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1962 and 1964, respectively.

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Alexandra W. Logue

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost, City University of New York

Dr. Alexandra W. Logue received her artium baccalaureus in psychology and her doctor of philosophy in experimental psychology, both from Harvard University, and is an active known behavioral scientist and recipient of the American Psychological Association's Hake Award for excellence.


In 1995, she began her six-year tenure as dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College of the City University of New York. During her tenure at Baruch, five Weissman faculty became CUNY Distinguished Professors, and three others received CUNY's New Faculty Research Award. At Baruch she oversaw the receipt of several landmark gifts, significantly increased external funding for faculty research, initiated several new interdisciplinary master's degrees, and instituted an annual conference on teaching and technology that grew to serve the entire CUNY system.


In 2006, Dr. Logue began service as special advisor to the chancellor, as well as associate university provost, of the City University of New York, a 23-campus system of more than 500,000 students. Her responsibilities included supervision of the university's performance management process and of system-wide academic affairs projects. In 2008, she assumed her current duties as the chief academic officer of CUNY, with responsibilities for all of CUNY's academic programs, academic technology, enrollment management, faculty, libraries, and students.

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Michael S. McPherson

President, The Spencer Foundation

Michael S. McPherson is the fifth president of the Spencer Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003 he served as president of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for seven years. Dr. McPherson spent the 22 years prior to his Macalester presidency as professor of economics, chairman of the Economics Department, and dean of faculty at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor of arts in mathematics, a master of arts in economics, and a doctor of philosophy in economics, all from the University of Chicago.


Dr. McPherson is the co-author and editor of several books, including Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities; College Access: Opportunity or Privilege;, Keeping College Affordable; Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy. He was the founding co-editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy. He has served as a trustee of the College Board and the American Council on Education, as well as president of the Board of Overseers of TIAA-CREF. Dr. McPherson has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


The Spencer Foundation was established in 1972 through the gift of Lyle Spencer and supports research about education. The Foundation currently funds individual investigators to pursue important research projects regarding educational issues. Traditionally the majority of grantees have been affiliated with academic departments in colleges and universities, and the remainder have been principally employed in schools of education.

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R. Scott Ralls

President, North Carolina Community College System

Dr. R. Scott Ralls is the seventh president of the North Carolina Community College System, representing 58 colleges and 900,000 students each year. In collaboration with Governor Beverly Perdue, he has spearheaded JobsNOW economic transition and accelerated job training strategies, led the creation of the system-wide Code Green initiative that fosters clean energy job training and campus sustainability incentives, and implemented a system-wide approach to establishing guiding goals focused on student success and credential completion.


Between 2002 and 2008, Dr. Ralls served as the president of Craven Community College during a time when the college achieved record enrollment growth and fundraising support. In 2007, Dr. Ralls received the Freedom Fund Award from the Craven County NAACP for his “efforts to actively identify and incorporate the true needs of the community into the mission of Craven Community College.”


Dr. Ralls holds a bachelor of science with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland. His research focused on technology implementation, workforce training, and issues impacting older workers. He also holds an appointment as an adjunct full professor in the College of Education at NC State University.

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Karen A. Stout

President, Montgomery County Community College

Dr. Karen A. Stout has served as president of Montgomery County Community College since 2001. As the Philadelphia area’s fifth largest higher educational institution, the college has more than 18,000 credit and 14,000 non-credit students at its Blue Bell and Pottstown campuses.


Currently Dr. Stout is the chair of the Presidents’ Advisory Council to the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC). She was appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania in 2007 to serve on the Tuition Account Program Board. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center (CCRC), on the Institute for Community College Development Board (ICCD) at Cornell University, as a member of the American Council for Education’s Commission for Women, and on the President’s Council for the American Association of Community College Trustees. From 2005 to 2007, she served as president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.


Dr. Stout has recently been published in Educause, The Presidency, Community College Week, Community College Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the League for Innovation in the Community College’s new publication, Student Services Dialogues: Case Studies to Consider. Before joining Montgomery County Community College, Dr. Stout served as the vice president for institutional advancement and enrollment services at Camden County College and the Rohrer Campus CEO in New Jersey. Dr. Stout holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a master of business administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware.

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David Wilson

President, Morgan State University

The 12th president of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson holds four academic degrees: a bachelor of science in political science and a master of science in education from Tuskegee University; and a master of education in educational planning and administration and a doctor of education in administration, planning and social policy, both from Harvard University. Prior to his station at Morgan, he was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. He has also served as vice president for university outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers.


President Wilson has published more than 20 books and articles on education and diversity issues. In 1998, he was named one of the nation’s top 100 leaders in higher education by the American Association of Higher Education, one of many honors and recognitions he has received for his work. In February, President Barack Obama appointed him to his 11-member Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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