About: Advisory Board

The Kirwan Center relies on its Advisory Board of esteemed thought leaders in the fields of education, research, and policy from both within and outside of the University System of Maryland. The Advisory Board plays an important role in shaping the agenda and developing the long-range plan to sustain the mission and initiatives of the Center. Advisory Board members provide expertise and perspective to help develop and inform the projects and priorities for the Center.

William E. Kirwan


Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland

William E. "Brit" Kirwan is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM). As chancellor from 2002 to 2015, he led the state's public higher education system, which comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and a system office.

A respected academic leader, Dr. Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant on a wide range of topics, including access and affordability, academic transformation and excellence, cost containment, and higher education's role in economic and workforce development. Under Kirwan's leadership, USM became well known for its success in each of these areas.

On the national level, Kirwan chairs the National Research Council Board of Higher Education and Workforce, co-chairs the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and co-chairs the Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education, appointed by the U.S. Senate Education Committee. He also serves on the Business-Higher Education Forum and several statewide and regional boards.

Among his many honors are the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership (2010) and the Carnegie Corporation Leadership Award (2009). In 2002, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kirwan has served as president of The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his doctoral and master's degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, all in mathematics.

Joann Boughman


Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University System of Maryland, Office of Academic Affairs

Joann Boughman, a geneticist with more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, has served as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Maryland (USM) since September 2012. Boughman had been executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), where she was both the chief executive officer and chief policy officer. Before joining ASHG, she was vice president for academic affairs, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at UMB (1995-2001), with leadership responsibilities for the graduate school, research and technology development, student affairs, faculty affairs, academic computing, and other functions. Boughman served on the Maryland Higher Education Commission from 2001-2012, chaired its education policy committee since 2009, and served as its vice chair from 2010. She is a member of the Maryland Governor's P-20 Council and his Task Force on Complete College America. Boughman has a Ph.D. in medical genetics and a bachelor's degree in medical technology, both from Indiana University. She is a board-certified medical geneticist with more than 70 published peer-reviewed research articles and 18 book chapters.

B. Gary Dando,

University System of Maryland Foundation Board

Gary Dando has served on Micro Systems, Inc. Board of Directors since November 2003 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Dando professional career was with Ernst & Young LLP for 37 years, the last 25 of which as a Partner, until his retirement in June 2001. From 1983 until 1990, Mr. Dando was the Partner In Charge of development, distribution and delivery for worldwide education and training for Ernst & Young partners and employee professional staff. Additionally, Mr. Dando is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc., where he serves as Treasurer, and from July 2001 to June 2007 was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where he was a member of the Budget and Audit Committee. Mr. Dando has been the President of the Robert H. Smith School of Business Foundation Board of Directors since 1997. Mr. Dando is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

S. James (Jim) Gates, Sr.,

Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Brown University

Sylvester James 'Jim' Gates, Jr., is an American theoretical physicist. He received two B.S. degrees and a Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the latter in 1977. His doctoral thesis was the first thesis at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. Gates is currently the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, and Co-Director of the Presidential Scholars Program at Brown University.  Previously, he was a University System Regents Professor, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center, a Distinguished University Professor, and served on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and on the Maryland State Board of Education. He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. In 1984, working with M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek, W. Siegel, Gates co-authorized Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry. He is a member of the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public. He is past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and is a NSBP Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics in the U.K. He also is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. He currently continues his research in supersymmetry in systems of particles, fields, and strings.

Linda Gooden,

University System of Maryland, Board of Regents

Linda Gooden is the retired Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area and an officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation after nearly 40 years working in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Ms. Gooden actively supports professional, academic and civic organizations, serving on numerous executive boards including Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees; Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International; TechAmerica; University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents; United States Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors; Smithsonian Library Board of Directors; American Heart Association; Washington Gas; and ADP, Inc. In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Gooden to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in 2010.

She received her degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. In 2005, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the University of Maryland University College in recognition of her service to the community and to higher education and in 2010, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Morgan State University, as well as Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Drexel University in 2012. She also successfully completed the Executive Program Manager course at the Defense Systems Management College in 1998.

Anne Keehn,

Founder and CEO of Quantum Thinking

Anne Keough Keehn is the Founder and CEO of Quantum Thinking. Most recently, Ms. Keehn served as a Senior Fellow for Technology & Innovation for the Postsecondary Success Team for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Keehn has a long and diverse career in higher education globally and is considered a thought leader and accomplished executive in growing and scaling initiatives, programs and companies that span administration, teaching and learning, and research. Prior to Gates, she served as President, Global Solutions, Americas for Kaplan Ventures where she led Kaplan’s global efforts to partner with leading traditional universities. Ms. Keehn has held several global leadership positions such as SVP of Pearson Learning Solutions & Pearson eCollege; SVP for Corporate Strategy, Innovation, New Product Development and Marketing for SCT/SunGard HE (now Ellucian) and was the early stage Executive VP of Global Sales and Client Relations at Blackboard. Prior to joining Blackboard, Ms. Keehn was Vice President of HE Sales for PeopleSoft (now Oracle) and a Sales Director for Datatel (Ellucian) and Fujitsu Telecommunications. She also served as Director of Development for Prescott College. She is published and speaks globally about education technology, design, innovation and the future of higher education.

Kevin Kruger,

President, NASPA

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger has been associate executive director of NASPA since 1994, and became its first executive-level president March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Deanna Marcum,

Managing Director, Ithaka S+R

As Ithaka S+R's managing director, Deanna Marcum leads the research and consulting services that assist universities and colleges, libraries, publishers, and cultural institutions as they make the transition to the digital environment. She heads a growing staff of program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise. She has recently conducted a number of research projects related to online learning and other forms of technology-enhanced teaching. From 2003 to 2011, Dr. Marcum served as associate librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress. She managed 53 divisions and offices whose 1,600 employees are responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service, and preservation activities; services to the blind and physically handicapped; and network and bibliographic standards for America's national library. Dr. Marcum holds a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois, a MSLS from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In 2013, she was appointed by President Obama to the Japan-US Friendship Commission. She is the author or editor of five books and of several dozen articles.

Tom McMillen,

CEO, Washington Capital Advisors

Tom McMillen—Olympian, Rhodes Scholar, professional basketball player, Congressman, author, businessman—first received acclaim in high school when he was named the best basketball player in the US, featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Maryland, McMillen was a Rhodes Scholar, played eleven years in the NBA, was a member of the 1972 Olympic team, served three terms in the US House of Representatives and was co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports. McMillen currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Washington Capital Advisors, an investment company. He was formerly a member of the board of regents of the University of Maryland System and was the Founding Chairman of the National Foundation on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (where he currently serves as Treasurer). His book, Out of Bounds, examines the conflicts between sports and ethics.

Karen Stout,

President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc.

Karen A. Stout is President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success. The former President of Montgomery County Community College (PA) for 14 years, Dr. Stout is a member of the President’s Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University Teacher’s College and served as Chair from 2008-2015. She is a Commissioner and Executive Committee member with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a past member of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors (2011-2014).  Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission’s Implementation Steering Committee working with more than 100 leaders from across the country in developing a framework for the redesign of America’s community colleges. Under Dr. Stout’s leadership, Montgomery County Community College was recognized nationally for its work in student success as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Leader College and was recognized in 2014 with ATD's prestigious Leah Meyer Austin award. The College is also consecutively ranked among top community colleges in the country for its use of technology by the Center for Digital Education and is one of seven colleges participating in Educause's Breakthrough Models Incubator project. Dr. Stout holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware. She was named to the University of Delaware’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 2005 for her outstanding professional and public service achievements and received a Presidential Citation from the University for her contributions to community colleges in 2012.