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  Name:   Dr. Badi Foster , Ph.D
Month: February 2011
Schools: Princeton University 1974
Organization: The Phelps-Stokes Fund
Title: President

Dr. Badi Foster is an educator. As a strategic planner and administrator he has played leadership roles in the creation, implementation and growth of institutions of higher learning ranging from highly competitive private institutions (Princeton, Harvard and Tufts universities) to strong public universities (Rutgers and the University of Massachusetts/Boston). His experience as an educator and innovator extends to the corporate world and to Federal and State government.

In November 2000, Dr. Foster was named the fifth president of the Phelps-Stokes Fund. The Phelps-Stokes Fund is America's oldest continuously operating foundation serving the needs of African Americans, Native American, Africans, and the rural and urban poor. The Phelps-Stokes Fund has for nine decades been in the center of service to under served and poor people in America and Africa. It has been a pioneer in promoting equity and unity among diverse ethnic and racial groups while promoting the core value of education for human development as its primary mission. Dr. Foster's professional and spiritual life has mirrored those core principles. Prior to becoming President of the Phelps Stokes Fund Dr. Foster served as Director of the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University. The mission of the Center is to increase the will and capacity of individuals and organizations to build healthy communities through active citizenship and public service. During his time at Tufts, Dr, Foster also served as the Lincoln Filene Professor for Citizenship and Public Service and taught classes on leadership and active citizenship.

Before his appointment at Tufts, Dr. Foster was President and Chief Executive Officer of Transport America, a privately owned contract bus service company. Transport America provides student transportation services, transit and shuttle service, and education/training management development and organizational development services through its Transport America Institute.

Prior to joining Transport America, Dr. Foster was the senior Vice President of Human Resources for University Hospitals of Cleveland and University Hospitals Health System, Inc. He served on the Governor's Human Resource Investment Council for the state of Ohio.

Dr. Foster spent eleven years with Aetna Life & Casualty before joining University Hospitals. At Aetna he founded the Aetna Institute for Corporate Education, which received the national award for best training and development program.

Dr. Foster came to Aetna from Harvard University. In his ten years at Harvard he held several positions, including: Director of Field Experience Program, Graduate School of Education; Chairman, Hispanic Study Group; Assistant Director, Kennedy Institute of Politics; Visiting Professor of African-American Studies; and Lecturer in Education. Prior to Harvard, Foster held positions at Princeton University, Rutgers, and the University of Massachusetts.

Born in Chicago, Dr. Foster spent his adolescent years in Africa. He attended and completed secondary school in Morocco. He earned an undergraduate degree in international relations with an emphasis on Africa from the University of Denver. As a Fulbright fellow his doctoral research focused on the impact of rapid urbanization in Africa. Dr. Foster has served as consultant to the Ford Foundation for projects centering on higher education in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Tunisia.

Dr. Foster received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and has received many academic honors and served in numerous public service positions. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Society for Training and Development; member of the National Commission on Skills of the American Workforce, whose report, "America's Choice" provided the framework for the School to Work Opportunity Act of 1994; member of the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS); nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first chairman of the board of the newly created federal agency - the National Institute of Literacy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service from 2001-2006.

He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Program of African-American Studies at Princeton University; The Advisory Council to the Joan Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame; The Board of the Institute for Educational Leadership; The Regional Technology Strategies Inc; and the Board of the National Civic League.

 

 

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