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Dr. George Nash

Nash-GeorgeGeorge H. Nash was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 1, 1945. After graduating from South Hadley High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1963, he entered Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1973.

Dr. Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, first published in 1976 by Basic Books. In 1996 an updated, hardcover edition was published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A paperback edition appeared in 1998. An expanded, thirtieth-anniversary edition was published by ISI Books in late 2006. The book has been translated into Spanish and has twice been adopted as a feature selection by the Conservative Book Club. It is considered a foundational work in its field.

More recently, Dr. Nash has written Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism (ISI Books, 2009).

Dr. Nash is also an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover. Between 1975 and 1995 he lived in Iowa near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, where he prepared three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography under the general title The Life of Herbert Hoover (New York: W.W. Norton & Co.). He was commissioned for this project by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. His biography drew upon research in hundreds of manuscript collections and archival sources in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His volumes are considered to be the standard works for the periods of Hoover’s life that they cover. When Volumes I and II appeared in 1983 and 1988, he presented copies to President Ronald Reagan in Oval Office ceremonies in the White House.

Dr. Nash is also the author of a monograph entitled Herbert Hoover and Stanford University (Hoover Institution Press), as well as many published essays about Mr. Hoover. He was a featured interviewee in the documentary film Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover, televised nationally on PBS in 2009, and in the documentary film The Great Famine, televised nationally on PBS in 2011. He is the editor of Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press, 2011) and of The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert Hoover’s Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press, 2013).

Dr. Nash is an independent scholar, historian, and lecturer, with specialties in twentieth century American political and intellectual history. He speaks and writes frequently about the history and present direction of American conservatism, the life of Herbert Hoover, the legacy of Ronald Reagan, the education of the Founding Fathers, and other subjects.

His writings have appeared in the American Spectator, Claremont Review of Books, Intercollegiate Review,Modern AgeNational ReviewNew York Times Book ReviewPolicy ReviewUniversity BookmanWall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has lectured at the Library of Congress; the National Archives; the Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson presidential libraries; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; the Hoover Institution; the Heritage Foundation; the McConnell Center; and at various universities and conferences in the United States and Europe. Several of his lectures have been featured on C-SPAN. He has also been interviewed by C-SPAN, National Public Radio, numerous radio stations, and the print media. In 2006 and 2007 he delivered Hoover-related lectures in Belgium at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels.

Dr. Nash is a co-editor of Province in Rebellion: A Documentary History of the Founding of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1774–1775 (Harvard University Press) and the author of Books and the Founding Fathers (Library of Congress: Center for the Book), republished in 2007 in an expanded edition by Butler Books.

From 1987 to 1990 Dr. Nash served by presidential appointment on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), an independent, permanent agency of the federal government. The commission advises the President and Congress on library/information issues. He has served on the editorial advisory board of Modern Age and is a Senior Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. Since 2004 he has been an Associate of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Nash is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Historical Society, the National Association of Scholars, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and the Churchill Centre. From 2006 to 2008 he served two terms as president of the Philadelphia Society, the nation’s oldest organization of conservative intellectuals. In 2008 he was the recipient of the annual Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters, created by the Ingersoll Foundation.

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Christopher Nunn

Chris NunnChris Nunn is Chief Financial Officer of Security Bancorp of Tennessee, Inc., a multi-bank holding company located in Halls, Tennessee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the organization as well as on the boards of each of the six subsidiary banks. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and previously worked for KPMG LLP specializing in the audits of financial institutions. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Commerce and Business. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Halls/Gates and St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Chris serves on the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in Plymouth Notch, Vermont and The Bodine School, a Memphis school specializing in the education of children with dyslexia. He and his wife Kim live in Memphis with their 3 children.

 

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C. Boyden Gray

C_Boyden_GrayAmbassador Boyden Gray is the founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, a law and regulatory strategy firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding his law firm, Ambassador Gray served our nation in various capacities both domestic and abroad. He served as White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush where, among other things, he assisted the President’s enactment of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, development of a cap-and-trade system for acid rain emissions, and enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Following his service in the White House, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. In 1993, he received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President George H.W. Bush.

Ambassador Gray also practiced law for many years at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He served as chairman of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association from 2000 to 2002.

Ambassador Gray earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Ambassador Gray earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.

Ambassador Gray teaches Energy, Environment and Security: Law and Policy at NYU Law School and serves on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, The European Institute, and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

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Garland S. Tucker III

gtucker-561473279Garland S. Tucker, III co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation’s predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Tucker and an outside investor group sold First Travelcorp, a corporate travel services company that he and the investors founded in 1991. For the two years preceding the founding of First Travelcorp, Mr. Tucker served as Group Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York, with responsibility for southeastern corporate finance. Prior to Chemical Bank, Mr. Tucker spent a decade with Carolina Securities Corporation, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer until 1988. During his tenure, Carolina Securities Corporation was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and Mr. Tucker served a term as President of the Mid-Atlantic Securities Industry Association. He entered the securities business in 1975 with Investment Corporation of Virginia. The author of the 2010 book The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 ElectionMr. Tucker is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Dr. John Tomasi

Political Theory Project, Brown University, John TomasiDr. John Tomasi is a political philosopher at Brown University. Born in New Hampshire, John  moved with his family to Vermont in his youth. He grew up in a small town called Underhill Center, at the foot of Mt. Mansfield.

John is a 1987 graduate of Colby College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude). From there, he went on to the University of Arizona, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1989, and continued his studies at Oxford University in England, obtaining a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1993.

John founded and directs the Political Theory Project at Brown, a research center dedicated to the study of ideas and institutions that might make societies more free, prosperous, and fair. Every year the Project brings a dynamic group of postdoctoral fellows and visiting professors to Brown, all of whom share a commitment to civil, open-minded discourse about controversial political topics. Likewise, the Project’s student wing, the Janus Forum, regularly hosts lectures and debates that bring opposing ideologies into serious but civil contact with each other.

John’s new book, Free Market Fairness (Princeton University Press, 2012), draws on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F.A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls. In Free Market Fairness he develops a hybrid theory of liberal justice, one committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor. Free market fairness seeks to combine the uncombinables: capitalism and democracy, private property and social justice, free markets and fairness, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.

He is currently working with Matt Zwolinski on a book called A Brief History of Libertarianism (also with Princeton University Press). He and Zwolinski blog about this project at BleedingHeartLibertarians.com.

John lives in Rhode Island with his wife Amy and their two children, Peter and Lydia.

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Leslie Keefe

1120_Leslie_Keefe-w200-h200_0Leslie Keefe, a native Vermonter from Rutland, has 25 years of marketing, promotion, sales, management and fundraising experience. Ms. Keefe has lived and worked in New York City, Washington, DC, Manchester, VT and traveled extensively though out the east coast, midwest and the San Francisco area.

Following her college graduation and after completion of Bloomingdale’s executive training program, Ms. Keefe worked with Esprit De Corp, one the largest retailers in America for 9 years serving as the east coast and midwest Regional Manager which included the responsibility of opening and managing outlet stores. Keefe moved back to Vermont in 1991 where she served as Executive Director of the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce for 7 years. Keefe grew the chamber membership to over 650 as well as initiated and completed vital economic development projects and major marketing campaigns. In 2001, Ms. Keefe began her own consulting business, which included managing Vermont’s Regional Marketing Organizations for Bennington and Windham Counties.

Also beginning in 2001, Ms. Keefe devoted her skills to the capital campaign of the Northshire Day School in Manchester, a $4.5 million campaign that was successfully completed in January 2006. In July of 2007, Ms. Keefe accepted the position of Development Director for Long Trail School, in Dorset, VT. Ms. Keefe successfully raised over $1.8 million in annual fund revenues in three years as well as secured $1.400M in endowment funds. Beginning in July 2010, Keefe concentrated her time on her consulting business focused on Organizational Development, which includes, Strategic Planning, Governance, Fundraising, Campaign Organization, Grants, Marketing, and Event Planning.

Keefe currently serves on the Boards of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and Greater Northshire Access TV. Since 2007, Keefe serves as an Alternate District Commissioner for the Vermont ACT 250 Board for Bennington County.

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Heidi Eldred

1390641_1395647754002646_1086829706_nHeidi Eldred, the Director of the Graduate Global Experiential Education Program in the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. A native of Alabama, she now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire and Columbus, Ohio.

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Owen Stearns

42Owen Stearns is the CEO of the Excel Academy charter schools in Boston and served as founding board chair from 2003 until 2008. Prior to joining Excel as CEO, Owen was a strategy consultant for twelve years, working with nonprofit leaders to achieve large-scale social change through innovative strategies, strong organizational design and nimble leadership teams. Prior to joining Excel Owen was with the Monitor Institute, where he was an Associate Partner focused largely on educational issues. Prior to Monitor, he was a Senior Consultant with the Foundation Strategy Group (now FSG). He was also an early board member and eventually the Co-Director of The City School, which develops young leaders from public, private and parochial schools through a service-learning curriculum. Owen is a graduate of Amherst College. He also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

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Owen Stearns

42Owen Stearns is the CEO of the Excel Academy charter schools in Boston and served as founding board chair from 2003 until 2008. Prior to joining Excel as CEO, Owen was a strategy consultant for twelve years, working with nonprofit leaders to achieve large-scale social change through innovative strategies, strong organizational design and nimble leadership teams. Prior to joining Excel Owen was with the Monitor Institute, where he was an Associate Partner focused largely on educational issues. Prior to Monitor, he was a Senior Consultant with the Foundation Strategy Group (now FSG). He was also an early board member and eventually the Co-Director of The City School, which develops young leaders from public, private and parochial schools through a service-learning curriculum. Owen is a graduate of Amherst College. He also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

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Christopher C. Jeter

Chris JeterChristopher Coolidge Jeter is the great-grandson of President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge, and serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. After graduating from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Management, he has spent much of his career in the Financial Services industry, focusing on Investments and Insurance. Chris works for NEAM (New England Asset Management) which is part of Gen Re and Berkshire Hathaway, and is responsible for the firm’s investment compliance system. Previous employers include Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), HIMCO, the investment division of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Eagle Investment Systems, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, and Travelers.

In addition to his involvement with the Coolidge Foundation, Christopher serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee at his church in Hartford, CT. He married Tammy Alessi in 1995. They live in West Hartford, CT with their two sons, Kyle and Chase. They spend time in Plymouth Notch throughout the year.

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