The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) held annual elections on June 12, 2018, expanding its Board to 16 members. Joining the Board for the first time are Peter Keith, Robert Maranto, Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill and Karl Schumann. Elected to serve on the Council of Scholars were Joseph Wysocki and, by special election at the October Board meeting, Sara Henary.
Keith is a partner at Gallagher, Evelius & Jones LLP and specializes
in civil litigation. He has been an active practitioner in federal and
Maryland state courts since 1980. Keith has held the position of
Assistant Attorney General of Maryland, and has served as Board Chair of
the Independent College Fund of Maryland. Currently he is an Adjunct
Professor at the University of Maryland Law School where he teaches
Civil Litigation. Keith received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the
University of Virginia.
Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership at the Department of
Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Maranto has written and
edited numerous books on education reform including President Obama and
Education Reform: The personal and the political (2012), and A Guide to
Charter Schools (2006). He is widely published in scholarly journals and
his op-eds can be found in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post,
Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer,
and Baltimore Sun. Maranto received his Ph.D. from the University of
Minnesota and B.S. from the University of Maryland.
Pfeffer Merrill is the Executive Director of the Fund for Academic
Renewal. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the Vice
President of Development for the American Council of Trustees and
Alumni. Merrill has taught at St. John’s College in Annapolis and The
College of William and Mary. She is a member of the board of the
Advocates for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership and has taught in
the college program at Maryland’s only prison for women. Her essays on
philanthropy and higher education have appeared in Philanthropy and
Philanthropy Daily. Merrill received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke
University and B.A. from the University of Calgary.
Schumann is Technical Delivery Manager at Appian, an international
custom software development company in Reston (VA). Prior to his
position with Appian, Schumann served as a consultant at UPD Consulting,
designing and managing data projects for the Washington, DC Public
Schools department. He has taught mathematics and economics at public,
private and charter schools in Washington, DC. Schumann received his
M.S. from the University of Virginia, M.A. from George Washington
University and B.A. from The College of William and Mary.
Wysocki is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Belmont Abbey College
(NC). He is co-founder of the new Honors College at Belmont Abbey
College and Schola – a summer Great Books program for high school
students. Wysocki also teaches Classic Texts of Political Philosophy:
Ancient and Modern, American Political Thought, and the American
Constitution. He is the author of several introductions in The Belmont
Abbey College Reader, an anthology of philosophical, rhetorical,
literary, political, and theological texts in the Catholic intellectual
tradition. Wysocki received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Baylor University
and B.A. from Belmont Abbey College.
Henary is Assistant Professor of Political Science and a member of the
Honors College faculty at Missouri State University in Springfield (MO).
She has held teaching appointments in the Department of Political
Science at Wake Forest University, the Program on Constitutionalism and
Democracy at the University of Virginia, and the Department of
Government at American University. Henary has lectured and published on
Locke, Tocqueville and Trollope, and is currently completing a
manuscript, John Locke on Nature and Politics. Henary received her Ph.D.
and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and B.A. from Rhodes College.