The School of Education is working with a core group of university trustees, business leaders, and educators to build a national advisory council. Members of this planning group include:
Walter G. Amprey, EdD
President and CEO
Amprey & Associates
Walter G. Amprey, President/CEO of Amprey & Associates, served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Baltimore City Public Schools from 1991 to 1997. He is credited with developing innovative programs that involved the effective use of business and private industry to improve the operations and effectiveness of schools. Amprey is well known and highly regarded throughout the nation as an expert in the area of urban education. He formed his own firm in 2000. His passion is identifying real solutions for superintendents and school systems that are genuinely interested in significantly improving instructional delivery and efficient business management of school districts. Amprey holds degrees from Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, and Temple University.
Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, MD, MPH
Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Egbuonu-Davis, Executive Advisor, leads Booz Allen’s life science capabilities development for market access and medical affairs. Her focus includes business implications of health care reform, strategies to support the product value proposition throughout from development through commercialization, as well as practices to ensure compliance and transparency while delivering business impact.
Dr. Egbuonu-Davis is a senior physician executive with experience in public health, academic and pharmaceutical sectors. A board certified pediatrician, her experience includes leadership roles in clinical and outcomes research management supporting product development and commercialization in the pharmaceutical industry, public-private partnerships involving pharmaceutical, academic and government sectors, and management of organizational transformation for pharmaceutical clinical, research and regulatory functions.
Dr. Egbuonu-Davis joined Booz Allen after 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including 13 years at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where she served as Vice President, Global Outcomes Research and Vice President, US Medical. She built and led a multinational health economic and outcomes research function, developing and implementing processes to provide clinical and comparative effectiveness research to address market needs for data to support pricing, reimbursement, formulary coverage and acceptance. She played a leadership role in the integration of medical/regulatory and clinical research functions during several mergers. She created a US field based medical team which supported clinical research and communication with medical opinion leaders. As VP US Medical she had responsibility for marketed product clinical and outcomes research, medical information, public health and academic partnerships, and regulatory promotional review.
Dr. Egbuonu-Davis earned a B.S. in Biology at M.I.T., an MBA in health care management from Wharton; she earned M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Johns Hopkins and is board certified in pediatrics.
Dr. Egbuonu-Davis currently serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs. She has been involved in comparative effectiveness research policy, previously serving as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Steering Committee for the Centers for Research and Education on Therapeutics.
John C. Erickson
Chairman, Retirement Living Television
Erickson Retirement Communities
John Erickson, Chairman, Retirement Living Television, rejected the traditional concept of retirement living and in 1983 struck out on his own to create Erickson Retirement Communities for people over 62 years of age. Today, the company has 19 full-service, campus-style communities in 10 states that are home to more than 23,000 people. The Erickson Foundation has invested millions in research to improve the lives of people around the world. Active aging research is one area that receives strong support. In addition, the foundation works to develop inner-city children into leaders. The Foundation’s NorthBay camp, located on the Chesapeake Bay, is a unique educational retreat with a state-of-the-art environmental education center, focused on teaching and experiencing real environmental science in the field. In April 2004, he helped establish the Erickson School—Aging, Management and Policy, which is located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Erickson has a BA from St. Bernard’s College and an MA from Catholic University.
Charles M. (Chuck) Fleischman
Charles M. Fleischman, with more than 20 years of operating and investment experience in the life sciences industry, is a co-founder and former president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer of Digene Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on women’s health and molecular diagnostic testing. Prior to joining Digene, Fleischman was an investment banker focused on emerging-growth health care and technology companies. In 2005, he was named one of the winners of a Maryland International Business Leadership Award. Fleischman serves on the boards of directors of One Lambda, Inc. and the Institute for Health Technology Studies, as well as the Potomac Conservancy. He holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Fleischman lives in Chevy Chase, Md.
Board Member and Immediate Past President of the
Los Angeles County Board of Education
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a writer, lawyer, teacher, and child advocate. She is a member and past President of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and has just completed a memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, published by Harper Collins in the Fall of 2009.
Gilbert-Lurie also is a founding board member and past President of the Alliance for Children's Rights, a non-profit legal rights organization for indigent children, chair of the education committee for the Los Angeles Music Center, and a board member of several schools including Sierra Canyon and New Visions Foundation. Finally, she has just completed serving as a member of the mayor's task force charged with developing a new cultural plan for the City of Los Angeles.
Previously, Leslie spent close to a decade as an executive at NBC, where, at various times, she oversaw NBC Productions, Comedy, wrote television episodes, and co-founded a new NBC in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. As a lawyer, Leslie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk. She is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.
Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter and step-son.
Sheldon D. Glass, M.D.
National Medical Director
Saralynn B. Glass
Retired Social Worker
Sheldon D. Glass, M.D. received his M.Ed. from the Johns Hopkins University and taught in the Department of Education for 12 years introducing five new courses. He is chairman of the advisory council for Behavior and Human Services of the Department. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry since 1968. He is on the Board of Directors for Friends Research Institute and the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. He is currently national medical director of MedMark, Inc. Dr. Glass has completed formal training in pediatrics, adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and education.
Saralynn B. Glass is a retired social worker and has a BS and MS degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She was an original member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council. She is currently on the national advisory committee to the Johns Hopkins School of Education and has recently endowed the “Sheldon D. and Saralynn B. Glass Counseling Scholarship.” She is a volunteer for the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore where she participates in a reading program to pre-K and Kindergarten children in Baltimore City Public Schools. Saralynn is a past and current member of the Board of Trustees of Beth El Congregation where she serves on the committee for the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Lifelong Learning Center. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Tony Glowacki’s history with WealthEngine began over 10 years ago. He first shepherded the company through a transition phase from what was Prospects of Wealth & Resources, Inc., into what is now WealthEngine. During this time, his role was both as an angel investor and business strategist. In 2003, having successfully assisted the company with the transition,Tony assumed the Chief Executive Officer’s position, which he has held since. Tony has had a long career in technology, particularly in the area of information technology and database applications. He served in management roles at Manugistics from 1992 to 1996 before embarking on an entrepreneurial path. He has been both an active and passive early stage investor in a diverse range of markets including real estate, banking, technology, and franchise restaurants. Tony graduated with a BS from the University of Iowa and currently serves on their College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. Additionally, Tony is a member of Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, National Advisory Council. He is also a strong supporter of local non-profits whose focus is on improving educational opportunities for under-privileged children.
Nancy S. Grasmick, EdD
State Superintendent of Schools (retired)
Maryland State Department of Education
Nancy S. Grasmick, National Advisory Council Former Chair and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools (retired), is Maryland’s first female state superintendent and the U.S.’s longest serving appointed schools chief. Under her leadership, Maryland has been nationally recognized for its many achievements. Maryland’s SAT scores continue to rank first in the College Board’s Middle States region, and Maryland leads the nation in improving high school students’ performance in the rigorous Advanced Placement program. Grasmick’s career in education began as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City. She subsequently served as a classroom and resource teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent in the Baltimore County Public Schools. In 1989, Governor William Donald Schaeffer appointed her Special Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families and, in 1991, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed her State Superintendent of Schools.
Grasmick received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, her master’s degree from Gallaudet University, and her bachelor’s degree from Towson University. Her numerous board and commission appointments include the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors, the Towson University Board of Visitors, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. In 2005, she was appointed to the National Academies Committee responsible for Rising Above the Gathering Storm, the landmark report on U.S. economic competitiveness.
Hill Harper is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother (named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association), Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. The recipient of five NAACP Image Awards (for literary achievement and acting), Harper currently stars on the hit television drama "CSI:NY" as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. He has also appeared in numerous prime-time television shows and feature films, including "The Sopranos", "ER", "The Game", "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Lackawanna Blues", "He Got Game", "The Skulls", "In Too Deep", "The Nephew", and "The Visit". He is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring underserved youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs. Harper graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Brown University (and was valedictorian of his department) and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Carolyn P. Leonard, PhD
Psychologist, Montgomery County Public Schools
Head Start (retired)
Carolyn P. Leonard is a developmental psychologist with special expertise in early childhood development and education. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Leonard has worked for over 30 years with low-income and diverse populations in schools and communities. From 1984 to 2010, Leonard served as psychologist for the Head Start Program of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. During her career, she has served on numerous review boards and advisory boards related to mental health and educational programming for children, including Early Head Start, Starting Early–Starting Smart, Project Youth Connect, Community Kids, and the Early Childhood Mental Health Consortium. She served on the Montgomery County Commission for Children and Youth from 1990 to 1996 (as co-chair from 1994 to 1996). From 2005 to 2008, she was a board member for Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. In 2010, she joined the board of directors of Strathmore Music Center, with a goal to help Strathmore expand its programs for low-income and diverse children and families. Leonard received her PhD in developmental psychology from Rutgers University and completed her MS in human development and family studies at Penn State University. She also studied at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit. She lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with her husband, Jeffrey. They have three children.
Senior Vice President of Production
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Screen Gems
Eric Paquette has spent 20 years as an executive in the motion picture and television business, including the last five years as a senior vice president of production at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Screen Gems division. Prior to joining Screen Gems, Paquette held senior executive positions at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Phoenix Pictures. From 1993 to 1996, he was an associate producer for CBS News, where he worked with anchors Dan Rather and Connie Chung on breaking news stories, social issue features, and hour-long specials. Paquette also has been deeply involved in working with disadvantaged children and youth through New York Cares, LA Works, The Liberty Hill Foundation, and The Fulfillment Fund. A former member of Senator Obama’s national finance committee, he currently serves on the executive committee for Human Rights Watch and on the Democratic National Committee’s national finance committee. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
E. Magruder Passano, Jr.
President and CEO
One Waverly LLC
Edward Magruder “Mac” Passano, Jr., is a Baltimore native who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University. Passano is the CEO of One Waverly LLC, consulting in strategic visioning and in the effective uses of corporate philanthropy. In 2001, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals honored him, his wife, and three daughters as Philanthropist of the Year. He is chairman of a charitable foundation that bears his name, and former chair of the Combined Health Agencies of Maryland and the Voluntary Council on Equal Opportunity. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Independent College Fund of Maryland, the Pride of Baltimore, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and numerous other organizations. He also spent sixteen years on the Governor’s Commission on High Blood Pressure and Related Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Passano’s dedication has earned accolades from such organizations as the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Independent College Fund of Maryland, the Baltimore Jaycees, the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Greater Baltimore Minority Purchasing Council. He has also received a Mayor’s Citation for Public Service, given by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
Maxine D. Phillips
Vice President of International Business Development
Phillips Food, Inc.
Maxine Phillips is vice president of international business development of Baltimore-based Phillips Foods, an international manufacturer, retailer, and restaurateur of innovative flavors and food solutions. Prior to joining Phillips Foods, she worked as an educator for nearly three decades, serving as a classroom teacher with extensive experience in curriculum development, teacher supervision, and staff development. Phillips taught in a variety of locales, including on a Navajo reservation boarding school and on the East Coast, with rural, suburban, and urban student populations. She received a BA in special education and an MA in educational administration. Additionally, she also earned certifications as an elementary principal and special education supervisor; in 2000, she earned the National Board Certification in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist. The developer of a curriculum for summer accelerated learning programs targeting at-risk youth, her publication credits include articles in Exceptional Children and Teaching of Reading. She and her husband reside in Annapolis, Md.
Gregory A. Prince, DDS, PhD
President, CEO & Founder
Virion Systems, Inc.
Gregory A. Prince grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Dixie College from 1965 to 1967, graduating as valedictorian. He attended the UCLA School of Dentistry from 1969 to 1973, again graduating as valedictorian. He received a PhD in pathology from UCLA in 1975, studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide. Over a period of fifteen years at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University, he and his co-workers developed the thesis that RSV disease could be prevented by administering antiviral antibodies to high-risk infants. He co-founded Virion Systems, Inc. to commercialize this thesis, and currently serves as its president and CEO. In 1989, Virion Systems and MedImmune, Inc. formed a joint venture to conduct clinical trials that ultimately resulted in the licensure by the Food and Drug Administration of RespiGam™ and Synagis™ for the prevention of RSV pneumonia in high-risk infants. Synagis™ is the first monoclonal antibody ever licensed for use against any infectious agent. The author of over 150 scientific papers, Prince has also published two books on Mormonism: Power From on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood and David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, which was the recipient of four awards and is in its fifth printing. He and his wife, JaLynn Rasmussen Prince, are the parents of three children. They live in Potomac, Md.
President & CEO
Laureate Higher Education Group
Paula R. Singer, as President and CEO, leads all of Laureate Education’s online and U.S. campus-based post-secondary businesses, and the Laureate Network Products unit, which is responsible for creating programs to serve students and faculty in its network of accredited universities spanning 16 countries, 25 institutions, and more than 270,000 students. Singer joined Laureate Education, Inc. (formerly Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.) in 1993 as vice president of operations, where she led the educational support services division in helping schools enhance their instructional capacity through on-site learning centers and teacher training. In 1997, she was promoted to president, Education Solutions, where she led the development of the company’s school contracts, which grew to serve more than 100,000 students across the United States. In 2001, she became president and CEO of Laureate’s online division. Under Singer’s leadership, the online higher education business has grown to serve a student enrollment of more than 35,000 and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff. Singer has more than 25 years experience in the education industry. She began her professional career as a teacher focused on improving the academic performance of struggling students from disadvantaged urban and rural communities. She earned a BS in education from the University of Connecticut, where she was the first education major to be selected for the prestigious University Scholar program. She also holds an advanced certificate as a Montessori teacher from the American Montessori Society.