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Chester E. Finn, Jr.
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Chester E. Finn, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Senior Editor of Education Next. From 1981 until 2002, Mr. Finn was Professor of Education and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. From 1985 to 1988, he served as Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement and Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Finn is the author of over 300 articles published in scholarly journals and other periodicals, such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times. He has also published 16 books, most recently Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Mr. Finn serves on the boards of several education-related organizations: National Council on Teacher Quality, Philanthropy Roundtable, and Keys to Improving Dayton’s Schools. He received his B.A., M.A., and a Pd.D. Education Policy from Harvard University.

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