Moderated by: Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal and
Ray Suarez, Chief National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
The Honorable Nina Rees, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Former Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education
Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College
Timothy Renick, Vice Provost and Chief Enrollment Officer, Georgia State University
Followed by Audience Q&A
Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal, covering a range of issues including immigration, transportation and education. Ms. Johnson is a long-time student of Washington policymaking, previously reporting for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, where she covered financial regulation and telecommunications. She is an alumnus of CongressDaily, where she covered health care, labor and immigration. Ms. Johnson first covered Congress at BNA Inc., where she covered labor, welfare, immigration and asbestos liability. She has an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Bates College.
Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., prioritizes enhancing academic excellence, supporting students, building campus community and increasing civic outreach. A scholar of English, he teaches literature courses dealing with human rights, education and social justice.
Since becoming president on March 1, 2011, Porterfield has strengthened support for faculty and student research, launched new initiatives to enhance students’ personal and professional development and overseen a strategic planning process designed to solidify F&M’s position as a leading national liberal arts college during a time of rapid change in American higher education.
Nina Rees is the new president and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She is the third individual to hold this position since the organization’s inception in 2005, preceded by founding CEO Nelson Smith, who held the position from 2005 to 2010, and Peter Groff, who served from 2010 to 2011. Nina will be formally introduced at the 12th annual National Charter Schools Conference, to take place on June 19-22 in Minneapolis, MN in front of nearly 4,000 attendees.
Timothy M. Renick is Vice Provost at Georgia State University.
Ray Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based Senior Correspondent. Suarez came to The NewsHour from NPR where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local and national stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.