ISGP Board of Directors
Dr. George Atkinson, Chairman
Dr. Atkinson founded the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Optical Science at the University of Arizona. He is former head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona, the founder of a laser sensor company serving the semiconductor industry, and Science and Technology Adviser (STAS) to U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. He also served in a variety of scientific advisory roles within the U.S. Government. He launched the ISGP in 2008 as a new type of international forum in which credible experts provide governmental and societal leaders with understanding of the science and technology that can be reasonably anticipated to help shape the increasingly global societies of the 21st century. Dr. Atkinson has received National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health graduate fellowships, a National Academy of Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a Senior Fulbright Award, the SERC Award (U.K.), the Senior Alexander von Humboldt Award (Germany), a Lady Davis Professorship (Israel), the first American Institute of Physics’ Scientist Diplomat Award, a Titular Director of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the Distinguished Service Award (Indiana University), an Honorary Doctorate (Eckerd College), the Distinguished Achievement Award (University of California, Irvine), and was selected by students as the Outstanding Teacher at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. (high honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Eckerd College and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Indiana University. He was recently the elected President of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. His educational scientific research and diplomatic achievements have been recognized with distinguished appointments and awards in 16 countries.
Dr. Janet Bingham, Member
Dr. Bingham is former President of the George Mason University (GMU) Foundation and Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations. GMU is the largest research university in Virginia. Previously, she was President and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The foundation is a charitable organization that provides financial support to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the only cancer specialty research center and hospital in the Intermountain West. Dr. Bingham also managed Huntsman Cancer Biotechnology Inc. In addition, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with the Huntsman Foundation, the private charitable foundation established by Jon M. Huntsman Sr. to support education, cancer interests, programs for abused women and children, and programs for the homeless. Before joining the Huntsman philanthropic organizations, Dr. Bingham was the Vice President for External Relations and Advancement at the University of Arizona. Prior to her seven years in that capacity, she served as Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Bingham was recognized as one of the Ten Most Powerful Women in Arizona.
Mr. Fred Downey, Member
Mr. Downey is a former U.S. Army strategist and longtime defense and international affairs expert on Capitol Hill and was vice president of national security at Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Downey joined AIA from the office of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman where he served as Senior Counselor and Legislative Aide for Defense and Foreign Affairs. He had been the senator’s key staff person on these issues for 12 years. As Lieberman’s representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Downey staffed the senator in his role as chairman of the Airland Subcommittee, overseeing Army and Air Force policy and budget issues and the annual defense authorization bill. Before joining Lieberman, Downey worked on defense analytical services for TASC. That came after a 24-year career in the U.S. Army, including Pentagon postings as Assistant to the Director of Net Assessments at OSD and Strategy Team Chief for the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate on the Department of the Army Staff.
Dr. Linda Duffy, Member
Dr. Duffy recently retired as a US Federal Government Senior Scientist Administrator in the Department of Health Human Services, National Institutes of Health, at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, where she currently serves as a post-retirement Special Volunteer to the Director. Among her many service achievements at the NIH, she launched and chaired the Trans-NIH Probiotics/Prebiotics and Microbiome Inter-agency Work Group and served for many years as an Inter-agency Subject Matter Expert in Ad hoc advisory capacities as committee member and Chair. Dr. Duffy received a DHHS Innovation Award in 2016 and was appointed to serve in the dual role of Senior Scientific Advisor in the DHHS Office of the Secretary, within the Office of the National Coordinator, Division of Science Technology. Prior to her distinguished federal government career, she was a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa and subsequently served in a dual capacity as Scientific Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Foundation and as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus with former joint appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Buffalo. She received her Master’s degree from Dartmouth College and completed her doctoral and postdoctoral studies under NIH National Cancer Institute Research Fellowships at the University of Buffalo.
Admiral Thomas Fargo, Member
Admiral Fargo completed his military career as the twentieth officer to hold the position of Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior U.S. military commander in East Asia and the Pacific and Indian ocean regions, he led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force across 100 million miles. Admiral Fargo also served as the 29th Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from October 1999 to May 2002. His leadership in the Pacific was preceded by his command of the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces of the Central Command during two years of Iraqi contingency operations from July 1996 to July 1998. His 35 years of service included six tours in Washington, D.C., in addition to five commands in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Middle East. Fargo received the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership and is a multiple recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit. He became president of the high-tech company Trex Enterprises in 2005. In 2008, he was named a managing director of J.F. Lehman and Co., serving as president and CEO of HSF Holdings/Hawaii Superferry. He was appointed chairman of Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2011. Fargo holds the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research. He also serves as a director on the Naval Academy Foundation Board, co-chaired the 2012 Medal of Honor convention in Hawaii, served as the national vice chairman of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund. Admiral Fargo serves on the boards of directors of Hawaiian Electric Industries, United States Automobile Association, and Matson, Inc. Previously, he served on the boards of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, and Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. He is also active in his community, serving on the boards of directors of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Friends of Hawaii Charities and on the Iolani School Board of Governors.
Dr. Tom Fingar, Member
Dr. Fingar is a Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in 2010-2015 and the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford in 2009. From 2005 through 2008, he served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and, concurrently, as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Dr. Fingar served previously as Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2000-2001 and 2004-2005), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (2001-2003), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis (1994-2000), Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994), and Chief of the China Division (1986-1989). Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control. Dr. Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. in Government and History, 1968), and Stanford University (M.A., 1969 and Ph.D., 1977 both in Political Science). His most recent books are Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security (Stanford, 2011), The New Great Game: China and South and Central Asia in the Era of Reform, editor (Stanford, 2016), Uneasy Partnerships: China and Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform, editor (Stanford, 2017), and Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future, edited with Jean C. Oi (Stanford, 2020).
Mr. Jim Kolbe, Member
For 22 years, Mr. Kolbe served in the United States House of Representatives, elected in Arizona for 11 consecutive terms, from 1985 to 2007. Mr. Kolbe is currently serving as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and as a Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates, a strategic consulting firm. He advises on trade matters as well as issues of effectiveness of U.S. assistance to foreign countries, on U.S.-European Union relationships, and on migration and its relationship to development. He is also Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Development with Gunilla Carlsson, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation. He also is an adjunct Professor in the College of Business at the University of Arizona. While in Congress, he served for 20 years on the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives, was chairman of the Treasury, Post Office and Related Agencies subcommittee for four years, and for his final six years in Congress, he chaired the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies subcommittee. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in Political Science and then from Stanford University with an M.B.A. and a concentration in economics.
Dr. David Moran, Member
Dr. Moran is President of Technology International Partnerships, LLC, and Past-Publisher of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, “American Scientist” and the “Chronicle of the New Researcher.” He has served as President of the National Technology Transfer Center; Director of Industrial Advanced Development & Industrial Outreach, Advanced Technology, Office of Naval Research; Program Element Administrator for Nuclear Propulsion, R&D, Naval Material Command; Director, David Taylor Institute; Assistant Technical Director, Director of Research, and Technology Director, Naval Ship R&D Center. His professional experience in research and teaching at universities includes the U.S. Naval Academy, Full Professor, Navy Chair; West Virginia University; George Washington University; Research Naval Architect, US Navy. He earned a Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics & Mathematics, IIHR; Sc.M., M.I.T, Ocean Engineering, Hydrodynamics; Sc.B., M.I.T.; Harvard University; University Iowa; and Graduate, Federal Executive Institute. He served at Harvard University’s JFK School as Senior Official for National Security. He is a member of the Boards of: Tucker Community Foundation; Community Trust Foundation; Preston Community Fund; and Past-Treasurer, Board of Directors, Maryland Garrett College. His publications include 102 Scientific Papers, 12 Patents in Hydrodynamics and Aerodynamics, and two published Books.
Mr. Joseph Nimmich, Member
Mr. Nimmich is a Partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting. He formerly was Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Civil and Commercial Group. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, he served as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from September of 2014 until January 2017. During his tenure, his primary focus was on strengthening and institutionalizing FEMA’s business architecture over the long term to achieve the Agency’s mission. He joined FEMA in 2013, as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery. He was responsible for directing the Response, Recovery, and Logistics Directorates, as well as the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination. Prior to joining FEMA, he was the Director of Maritime Surveillance and Security at Raytheon Corp., where he directed maritime surveillance and security operations, as well as their emergency response capabilities. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 33 years, retiring as a Rear Admiral. His Coast Guard assignments included the First Coast Guard District based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations across eight states in the northeast and 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey. He earned his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Dr. Charles Parmenter, Member
Dr. Parmenter is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Indiana University. He also served as Professor and Assistant and Associate Professor at Indiana University in a career there that spanned nearly half a century (1964-2010). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-57. He worked at DuPont after serving in the military and received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. He has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and received the Senior Alexander von Humboldt Award in 1984. He has received the Earle K. Plyler Prize, was a Spiers Medalist and Lecturer at the Faraday Society, and served as Chair of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, Co-Chair of the First Gordon Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer, Co-organizer of the Telluride Workshop on Large Amplitude Motion and Molecular Dynamics, and Councilor of Division of Chemical Physics, American Physical Society.
Mr. Thomas Pickering, Member
Mr. Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Co, international consultants. He co-chaired a State-Department- sponsored panel investigating the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. He served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in New York, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Mr. Pickering also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, president of the Eurasia Foundation, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Boeing Senior Vice President for International Relations. He also co-chaired an international task force on Afghanistan, organized by the Century Foundation. He received the Distinguished Presidential Award in 1983 and again in 1986 and was awarded the Department of State’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award in 1996. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He graduated from Bowdoin College and received a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a second master’s degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Mr. Tom Quinlan, Member
Mr. Quinlan has specialized expertise in rebranding traditional businesses and pivoting physical content into the digital space by leveraging digital marketing, data analytics, business intelligence, and data management solutions. He has served as Chairman and CEO of LSC Communications, CEO and President of RR Donnelley, Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Integration at Moore Wallace, and Senior Vice President and Treasurer of World Color Press. He has served on the Boards of Trustees Pace University, YMCA of Greater New York, Curry College, The American Ireland Fund, and the US Army War College. He received the Franklin Award for Distinguished Service. He received an Masters in Business Administration in Finance from St. John’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Pace University
Dr. Eugene Sander, Member
Dr. Sander served as the 20th president of the University of Arizona (UA), stepping down in 2012. He formerly was vice provost and dean of the UA’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, overseeing 11 academic departments and two schools, with research stations and offices throughout Arizona. He also served as UA Executive Vice President and Provost, Vice President for University Outreach and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Acting Director of Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to his move to Arizona, Dr. Sander served as the Deputy Chancellor for biotechnology development, Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics for the Texas A&M University system. He was Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at West Virginia University Medical Center and Associate Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the College of Medicine, University of Florida. As an officer in the United States Air Force, he was the assistant chief of the biospecialties section at the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral study at Brandeis University. As a biochemist, Dr. Sander worked in the field of mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze reactions.
Dr. David Schejbal, Member
Dr. Schejbal is the President of Excelsior College. He was appointed in 2020, after two years as Vice President and Chief of Digital Learning at Marquette University. This followed 11 years as Dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. In this role, Dr. Schejbal helped launch the new UW Flexible Option, the first system-wide competency-based, self-paced learning option in the nation. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Dr. Schejbal spent eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he was associate vice chancellor and director of Continuing Education. Dr. Schejbal joined UWEX after seven years at Northwestern University, where he served as the Associate Dean of the University College and the Director of Summer Sessions and Special Programs. He is a member of the executive committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and served four terms on the board of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Dr. Schejbal earned his BA from Iowa State University in 1982, and followed it up with a PhD in Philosophy which he earned from the University of Connecticut in 1990. His affiliations with industry organizations include serving as a member of the executive committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a member of the governing board of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), chair of the Board of Visitors of the Army War College, and the past president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Dr. Schejbal has earned several professional awards including the Exemplary Service Award from the four Summer Session organizations AUSS, WASSA, NAASS and NCCSS; the University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor's Award for Excellence; and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Outstanding Program Award for the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management.
Dr. Ben Tuchi, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Tuchi serves on the boards of two additional non-profit corporations; he is Treasurer of the Campus Research Corporation and President of the Arizona Research Park Authority. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Finance from St Louis University. His full time teaching career began in 1961 at St. Francis College and continued until 1976 at West Virginia University. From 1976 through 1996 he served in cabinet levels at West Virginia University, The University of Arizona, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and finally as Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance of the University of Pittsburgh. During those assignments he was simultaneously a tenured professor of finance. He retired from the last executive post in 1996 and returned to a full- time teaching position as Professor of Finance at the University of Pittsburgh, until his retirement in 1999. For the two years prior to his retirement he was the Director of Graduate Programs in Business in Central Europe, at Comenius University, making his home in Bratislava, The Slovak Republic.
Additional ISGP Board Participants
Mr. Richard Armitage, Special Adviser
Mr. Armitage is the President at Armitage International, where he assists companies in developing strategic business opportunities. He served as Deputy Secretary of State from March 2001 to February 2005. Mr. Armitage, with the personal rank of Ambassador, directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. He filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East. President Bush sent him as a Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. Mr. Armitage also was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He has received numerous U.S. military decorations as well as decorations from the governments of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Bahrain, and Pakistan. Most recently, he was appointed an Honorary Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit. He serves on the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, ManTech International Corporation, and Transcu Ltd., is a member of The American Academy of Diplomacy as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Ms. Jennifer Boice, Special Assistant to the Board
Ms. Boice worked for 25 years in the newspaper industry, primarily at the Tucson Citizen and briefly at USA Today. She was the Editor of the Tucson Citizen when it was closed in 2009. Additional appointments at the Tucson Citizen included Business News Editor, Editor of the Online Department, and Senior Editor. She also was a business columnist. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Arizona and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in economics.
Dr. Mike Buch
Dr. Buch held B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Analytical Chemistry and Biotechnology. He had nearly three decades of experience in the consumer healthcare industry in various roles of increasing responsibility with some of the world’s leading companies. He served as Chief Science Officer and Board Member at Young Living Essential Oils and had expertise in leading global strategic development programs, open innovation programs, licensing programs, consumer healthcare R&D, advanced technologies labs, advanced optical analysis labs, and biosensor design and research. He was also a member of several prestigious associations, including the American Chemical Society, The New York Academy of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Henry Koffler
Dr. Koffler served as President of the UA from 1982-1991. He also held UA professorships in the Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology, positions from which he retired in 1997 as Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry. He was Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota, and Chancellor, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, before coming to the UA. Dr. Koffler served as a founding Governor and founding Vice-Chairman of the American Academy of Microbiology, and as a member of the governing boards of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. Among the honors that Dr. Koffler has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Eli Lilly Award in Bacteriology and Immunology.