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Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Chester Finn, Jr. is a scholar, educator, and public servant who has been at the forefront of the national education debate for 25 years. Dr. Finn was born in Ohio, and received his PhD in education policy from Harvard University. During his career, Dr. Finn has served as a Professor of Education Policy at Vanderbilt, as Counsel to the U.S. ambassador to India, as a Legislative Director in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and as an Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. Apart from being President of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, he serves on the board of numerous organizations concerned with primary and secondary schooling. Dr. Finn is the author of 14 books and over 350 articles, and his work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Education Week, Harvard Business Review and The Boston Globe. Dr. Finn is the recipient of several awards from the Educational Press of America, Choice Magazine, the Education Writers Association, and the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He also holds and honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Colgate University. He and his wife, a physician, have two grown children and an adorable baby granddaughter. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


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