December 8, 2005

William Bowen, The Andrew Mellon Foundation
Michael McPherson, The Spencer Foundation
Dalton Conley, New York University
Bridget Terry Long, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Extending Opportunity in Higher Education

William G. Bowen has been President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 1988. He served as President of Princeton University from 1972-1988, where he was Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. He is the author or co-author of 20 books about elite colleges and universities, graduate education and philanthropy, including Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005), Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values (2003), The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (2001) and The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (1998), which won the Grawemeyer Award in 2001.

Dalton Conley is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at New York University and Director of NYU’s Center for Advanced Social Science Research. His publications include The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why (2004), Wealth and Poverty: A Reader (2004) and Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America (1999). In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Waterman Award of $500,000 for outstanding research in any field of science or engineering.

Bridget Terry Long is Associate Professor of Economics and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on the role of government and institutional policy in college access, choice and outcomes. She is the author of numerous articles, including “The Role of Institutional Responses to Reduce Inequalities in College Outcomes(forthcoming) and “How do Financial Aid Policies affect Colleges? (2004). In 2005, Long was profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education as a leader of the new generation of higher education thinkers.

Michael McPherson is President of the Spencer Foundation. An economist of higher education, he was Professor of Economics at Williams College and later served as President of Macalaster College from 1996 to 2003. His research focuses on the interplay between education and economics. He is the author or co-author of Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives, and Financing in US Higher Education (2003), The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (2001) and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity (1991).