Tom Beckett is the athletic director of Yale University. In his tenure, he has overseen the building of top-notch facilities, bridged the relationship between Yale and the New Haven Community, helped fill the seats at the large venues and has brought some of the best coaches and student-athletes to the campus during his tenure. President Richard Levin acknowledged his accomplishments when he reappointed Beckett, Yale’s 17th chief of athletics, to a second term a year before his first pact had been completed. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and is a 1975 graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Life Science. Beckett played professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants’ organization for five seasons before embarking on a career in college athletics.
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He also is the Deputy Director of Yale’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory and Head of the Emotional Intelligence Unit in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Dr. Brackett is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 60 scholarly publications, including six social and emotional learning curricula for students, teachers, and school leaders. He is the co-developer of the RULER model of emotional literacy, which posits that teaching children and adults the skills associated with Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions contributes to positive development. His current research focuses on measuring emotional intelligence and its links to important life outcomes, including relationship quality, mental health, and academic/work performance. Dr. Brackett has received over $2 million in grants to study the impact of his social and emotional learning programs on students’, educators’, and school leaders’ personal and professional lives.
Dr. Bradley, PhD, is Professor of Public Health and Director of Global Health Initiatives at the School of Public Health, and directs the Health Management Program in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on health delivery and quality improvement. Dr. Bradley has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings. She has pioneered a new approach to applying a mixed methods to first characterize and then test statistically key distinguishing features of higher and lower performing hospitals in cardiovascular care. Dr. Bradley has several projects regarding health system strengthening in international settings, including Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the World Economic Forum, Network of Global Agenda Councils, and the Steering Committee for the Open Educational Resources in Public Health Conference, aimed at developing innovative ways to enhance health system delivery in global settings.
Linda Cole-Taylor, Ph.D. (Boston University) is the Associate Director of the Yale Teacher Preparation and Urban Education Studies Program and holds a faculty appointment in Yale College. Co-Founder of Yale’s Masters Degree in Urban Education Studies, Prof. Cole-Taylor develops and teaches courses such as An Introduction to Urban Education and The Teaching of History. Prof. Cole-Taylor is involved with programs offered through Dwight Hall, Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice, serves as a Faculty Fellow at Silliman College and as a consultant to the U.S. Grant Fellowship, and is a faculty advisor for seniors and doctoral candidates. Prof. Cole-Taylor currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Yale-China Association, and has been an educational consultant to the program for four years. Dr. Cole-Taylor’s primary research interests have focused on race and schooling on national, state, and local levels. Her research has investigated the policy implications of anti-racist educational training.
Martin J. Erzinger
Martin Erzinger is a director of private wealth management and senior advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, for which he handles the investments of foundations, individuals, and corporations. Mr. Erzinger’s breadth of financial experience on and around Wall Street has been complemented by his commitment to offer his own expertise with non-profits. Mr. Erzinger has served as a Director and Trustee on the University of Colorado Foundation Board, and he was formerly elected Chairman of the New York GE Elfun Society. Mr. Erzinger attended the University of Colorado at Boulder on a full athletic scholarship, subsequently pursuing graduate certifications at Wharton Business School.
Mark Francis is an architect with a graduate degree from Rice University. He has come to YSM FC&R from the Yale Central Campus where he was a planner for large residential college renovation projects, for the West Campus, and for Finance and Administration. Prior to coming to Yale, Mr. Francis worked for Gensler and for a Fortune 500 company as the Director of Real Estate. He is currently involved in planning and project implementation for West Campus.
Kenneth G. Hawari — Legal Counsel
Ken Hawari has served as an executive officer, general counsel and outside legal counsel for public and private companies in the medical device, information technology, professional services and manufacturing sectors for 25 years. Mr. Hawari served as an executive officer and general counsel for Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, and was previously a partner in the law firm of Hughes & Luce LLC (now K&L Gates LLC), where he counseled corporate executives and the Boards of Directors on mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate governance, SEC reporting, regulatory compliance, litigation management and other corporate matters. Mr. Hawari currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC) and the University of Texas at Austin Bio-Medical Engineering Department External Advisory Board. He holds B.A. (Highest Honors) and J.D. (Honors) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and served as an associate editor of The Texas Law Review.
Charles Hill is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a lecturer in International Studies at Yale University. A career foreign service officer, Ambassador Hill was a senior adviser to George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Ronald Reagan, as well as Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations. At Yale, he teaches, along with Paul Kennedy and John Gaddis, the seminar “Studies in Grand Strategy”, a rigorous interdisciplinary study of leadership, statecraft and diplomacy. Hill is a research fellow at Stanford University’s think tank Hoover Institute. Hill is also a Project for the New American Century (PNAC) signatory and recently wrote a book entitled Grand Strategies.
Jonathan Holloway, Ph.D. Yale University, 1995, is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002), the editor of Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (2005), and the co-editor of the anthology, Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (2007). He is presently working on his next monograph, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory, Identity, and Politics in Black America, 1941-2000. He teaches courses on post-emancipation social, cultural, and intellectual history. In 2005 he became the eleventh master of Calhoun College, one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges.
Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Director of International Security Studies at Yale, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, coordinates the ISS programs funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. He is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues.
Born in June 1945 in the northern English town of Wallsend, Northumberland, he obtained his BA at Newcastle University and his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003.
He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. His monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism, The War Plans of the Great Powers, The Realities Behind Diplomacy, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century. His best-known work is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Random House), which provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over twenty languages.
In 1991, he edited a collection entitled Grand Strategies in War and Peace. He helped draft the Ford Foundation-sponsored report issued in 1995, The United Nations in Its Second Half-Century, which was prepared for the fiftieth anniversary of the UN. His latest book, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations, was published in 2006 by Random House. Prof. Kennedy has finished a book on operational history of the Second World War and is beginning a study of Rudyard Kipling.
Steven J. Simmons is Chairman and CEO of Simmons/Patriot Media and Communications, LLC (Patriot). Simmons is currently chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Education Achievement, which is researching the reasons for the large achievement gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers in Connecticut. From 1982-1994, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons Communications, Inc. (SCI). Simmons founded SCI, which owned and managed cable companies, in 1981. Prior to starting SCI, Simmons served almost four years as an assistant and then as associate director on the White House’s domestic policy staff. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, Simmons began his career at the University of California at Irvine, where he taught communications and constitutional law, among other subjects. His writing includes a book entitled “The Fairness Doctrine and the Media.” Simmons has also authored children’s books, including “Alice and Greta,” which became a best-selling children’s picture book.