Chester E. Finn Jr.

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Chester Evans Finn Jr.
Born (1944-08-03) August 3, 1944 (age 74)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Chevy Chase, Maryland
Nationality  United States
Education BA (history), 1965
MA (social studies teaching), 1967
Ed.D. (educational policy), 1970
Alma mater Harvard University
Board member of
Ohio Community School Association
Charter School Leadership Council
Philanthropy Roundtable
advisory boards of the National Association of Scholars
Center of the American Experiment
Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools
Centre for Policy Studies
National Assessment Governing Board, including two years as its chairman (1988–1996)
Spouse(s) Renu Virmani, M.D., F.A.C.C., August 3, 1974[1]
Children 2

Chester Evans Finn Jr. (born August 3, 1944) is a former professor of education, an educational policy analyst, and a former United States Assistant Secretary of Education. He is currently the president emeritus of the nonprofit Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution where he chairs the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.

Finn was Professor of Education and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University (1981–2002). He served as Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education (1985–88). Prior positions included Staff Assistant to the President of the United States; Special Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts (1972–73); Counsel to the United States Ambassador to India (1973–74); Research Associate at the Brookings Institution (1974–77); and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1977–81).


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  1. ^ Wood, Shelley (June 23, 2004). "Standing against the stream: Dr Renu Virmani". HeartWire. WebMD. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  2. ^ "Chester Evans Finn Jr." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-05-16. Document Number: K2017758079

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