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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, USN (Ret.), Member

Admiral Fargo became the Chairman of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) in May 2020. HEI is the parent company for Hawaiian Electric Company, American Savings Bank and pacific Current. He previously served for nine years as the Chairman of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Following a 35-year career serving the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense Admiral Fargo transitioned to corporate leadership in 2005 as President of Trex Enterprises, a privately held hight technology company. He also served as a Managing Director of J.F. Lehman and Co, with principal responsibilities as President and CEO of HSF Holdings/Hawaii Superferry. He held the John M. Shalikashvili Chair Chair in National Security Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research from 2009 to 2016. Admiral Fargo completed his military career as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior U.S> military commander in East Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, he led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force across 100 million square miles. His 35 years of service included five commands in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Middle East as well as six tours in Washington, DC. Born in San Diego, CA, he attended high school in Coronado, CA, and Sasebo, Japan. He graduated from the United States naval Academy and has additional Governance, Business, and Financial training from Harvard and Stanford Universities. He is a 1989 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational leadership, and a 2013 recipient of the Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award. In September 2022, he was a recipient of the Lone Sailor Award.

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 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).  He has authored or edited six books, dozens of articles, and served as the approving editor on approximately 20,000 US government assessments.

Dr. Claire Fraser, Member

Dr. Fraser is the Dean’s Endowed Professor, and the Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD where she holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology. Until 2007, she was President and Director of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD, and was involved in the early phases of the Human Genome Project. She led the teams that sequenced the genomes of nearly 100 microbial organisms, including important human and animal pathogens, an effort that launched the new field of microbial genomics. Her current research interests are focused on the role of the human microbiome in health and disease. Her previous work with the FBI on the Amerithrax investigation between 2001 and 2008 led to the identification of four genetic mutations in the anthrax spores that allowed the FBI to trace the material back to its original source. She is one of the world’s experts in microbial forensics and the growing concern about its dual uses – research that can provide knowledge and technologies that could be misapplied. Dr. Fraser has authored more than 300 publications, edited three books, and served on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals. For 10 years, she was the most highly cited investigator in the field of microbiology. Her list of numerous awards include: the E.O. Lawrence Award, the highest honor bestowed on research scientists by the Department of Energy, the Promega Biotechnology Award from the American Society of Microbiology, and the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology. She has been elected to Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, been named an Influential Marylander honoree, and was awarded the World Trade Center Institute’s International Leadership Award. Dr. Fraser is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and in 2019, she became President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and served as President from 2020 – 2021.

Dr. George Korch, Member

Dr. George Korch is currently the President of GeoBIO LLC, a consulting entityestablished to provide advice and expertise in biodefense, medical countermeasure development and public health policy, and is the former director of Battelle National Biodefense Institute's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, a government biodefense research laboratory created by the Department of Homeland Security.He was part of the creation of the NBACC in the wake of the establishment of the DHS in 2003. George Korch previously served in Fort Detrick as the commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Before joining BNBI in December 2018, Korch served for several years as the science adviser to the assistant secretary of preparedness and response for the Department of Health and Human Services. He briefly served as acting assistant secretary for preparedness and response due to the departure of a colleague from the role to the Department of Defense. Dr. George Korch holds a doctorate from the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is a visiting professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the said institution. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has several scientific publications and has been awarded numerous civilian and military awards and honors.

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. 

Ambassador (Ret.) 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.

Ms. Frances "Fran" Ulmer, Member

Frances Ulmer is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative and is the former Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Board of Directors. She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University from 2017 to 2018. Ulmer was appointed by President Obama as the Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) in March 2011 and served in that role until August 2020. From 2014 to 2017, Ulmer was a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy at the State Department. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, she served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska’s largest public university. Before that, Ulmer was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state, and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Maria Velissariou, Member 

Dr. Velissariou is a Fortune 100 R&D executive with diverse global experience driving vision and strategy, innovation, and advocacy in high-impact corporate and nonprofit organizations.  Throughout her career she has been strategically focused on translating science and technology opportunities into scalable innovation solutions.  She is an advocate for sustainable food systems, science-based policy, and funding for food research.  Dr. Velissariou is motivated by business value creation combined with human, societal and environmental outcomes.  She served as the Global Corporate R&D VP and CSO for Mars.  She led the function’s enterprise-wide approach for Quality and Science in partnership with the business segments and equipped R&D with new digital capabilities.  Before Mars, she held senior leadership positions including the Institute of Food Technologists.  Quaker Foods North America, and PepsiCo.  Additionally, she served in various roles at Kraft Foods and Dow Corning Europe.  She founded Maria Velissariou Consulting LLC, providing advisory services in Food and Beverage and adjacent sectors.  She also partners with the Kirchner Group as Managing Director focused on Innovation, Growth and Development.  Dr. Velissariou received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK), and a B.E.  in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).  She also completed executive studies at Oxford and Cornell.  Dr. Velissariou serves in various board and advisory positions in the profit and nonprofit sectors, is a mentor to entrepreneurs, and has been a long-standing advocate for women in STEM with a focus on the underserved.  She has presented at various global conferences and featured in diverse media.

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 the ISGP in a number of capacities since 2010.  Before that, she worked in the newspaper industry for 25 years, 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 was also 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.

In Memoriam

Dr. Ben Tuchi, Member and Secretary/Treasurer 

Dr. Tuchi served on the boards of two additional non-profit corporations; he was 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. 

Mr. Jim Kolbe

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. 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 the 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.