Michael R. Sandler, president of the Education Industry Foundation and president and CEO of the Education Industry Group, has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Sandler, a lifetime entrepreneur has built a career in both education and business. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Sandler established several businesses including Marsan Industries, which merged with ITT Corporation, and Auto Part Distributors. While a senior fellow at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he studied the relationship between education, business, and government. He recently authored the book Social Entrepreneurship in Education: Private Ventures for the Public Good. Sandler also served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and as an overseer of its School of Arts and Sciences and he is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Eduventures, Inc. a leading research and consulting firm for higher education.
The Visiting Fellows program is designed to provide a forum where leading researchers and practitioners can exchange ideas, debate, study, and evaluate new approaches to reforming educational practice in the United States. The program seeks progressive thinkers from both the public and private sectors with an interest in changing American education by examining the most relevant issues in K-12 reform.