The President's Advisory Council (PAC)
The President’s Advisory Council provides advice, information, and recommendations to Character.org's President on all aspects of effective character education for young people.
Marvin Berkowitz

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Marvin Berkowitz is the former Coors Professor of Character Development at the Air Force Academy and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Ethics Studies at Marquette University. After earning his Ph.D. in Life-span Developmental Psychology at Wayne State University in 1977, he served as a research associate at Harvard’s Center for Moral Development and Education. He is currently the Sanford McDonnell Professor of Character Education at the University of Missouri-St Louis. Dr. Berkowitz is also co-editor of the Journal for Research in Character Education, and he has authored over 100 book chapters, monographs, and articles on character education, moral development, adolescent development, and risk-taking.
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Diane BerrethDr. Diane Berreth
Co-founder and first President of Character.org
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Dr. Berreth co-founded CEP in 1993 and served as its first president, holding that position for four years. She is a well-known leader in the education field and is the former Chief Planning Officer for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Her numerous appointments and honors include having served as delegate to the Annual White House Conference on Character Building for a Democratic Civil Society (95–98). She also served as an advisory member of the National Council of the National History Standards Project (92–94), an advisory member of the Cisco Learning Institute Advisory Committee (01–present), and co-chair of the Task Force on Empathy and Self-Discipline for the Communitarian Network’s White House Conferences. Diane started at ASCD in 1982 as director of field services. Under her direction, the ASCD affiliate program became international, expanding to encompass other nations, such as England, St. Maarten, Singapore, and Canadian provinces. Diane led the Association’s planning, policy, government relations, and public information work as well as external funding initiatives such as ASCD’s First Amendment Schools and Health in Education programs. She has extensive expertise in strategic planning and has initiated and guided strategic planning efforts for ASCD, their affiliates, and numerous not-for-profit organizations. She received her doctorate in education policy and leadership from Indiana University.
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Anthony P. ChavezMr. Anthony P. Chavez
Alameda County Office of Education
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Raised in the farm worker movement his grandfather founded, Anthony Chavez speaks around the country about his Cesar Chavez’s legacy. A political and education advocate, he has also served for five years as travel assistant to Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast, the world-renowned author, lecturer and spiritual guide, on his national and international tours. Anthony graduated in 2007 from California State University, Bakersfield with a B.A. degree in religious studies.  Recently, he was selected to participate in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs until June 2014.
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Dr. Avis GlazeDr. Avis Glaze
President, Edu-quest International, Inc.
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Dr. Glaze is one of Canada’s outstanding educators and a recognized international leader in education. From class room teacher, to superintendent and director of education, this award-winning educator has experience at all levels of the school system. She was one of only five Commissioners on Ontario’s Royal Commission on Learning. As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario schools. She is responsible for implementing many innovations in the settings in which she has worked. Dr. Glaze served as Ontario’s Education Commissioner and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education. She was Professor in Residence in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is President of Edu-quest International, Inc. offering a wide range of educational services and speaking engagements across the globe. Her most recent appointment was as Adviser to the Minister of Education in New Zealand on National standards.
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Chad HenningsMr. Chad Hennings
President, Hennings Management Corporation
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Although best known for his role with America’s Team, Chad Hennings’ successes began long before his professional football career. An accomplished lineman in high school, Hennings was offered full scholarships from universities across the nation. Instead, he chose to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he racked up numerous honors academically and on the gridiron. His exemplary achievements put him at the top of many draft lists and earned him a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster, but Hennings postponed his entry into the National Football League to fulfill his commitment to the U.S. Air Force. He entered the Euro-NATO program, a training program for top pilots, and soon found himself at the controls of the A-10 Thunderbolt. After his discharge, Hennings joined the Dallas Cowboys, quickly earning a starting position as a defensive lineman. He spent his entire 9-year professional football career with the Cowboys, retiring in 2001 with three Super Bowl rings.
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Dr. Tom LickonaDr. Thomas Lickona
Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
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Dr. Lickona is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility). He has lectured across the US and Canada, as well as in Japan, Switzerland, Ireland, and Latin America, on the subject of fostering character development in schools and homes. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. His most recent books are Character Matters—How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues (04), and Smart and Good High Schools (05, with Matt Davidson), a national study of high school character education. Tom’s work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine article cover story, “Teaching Johnny to be Good” (95) and in two videos, “Character Education: Restoring Respect and Responsibility in our Schools” and “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education” (National Professional Resources). Tom has also been a guest on radio and TV talk shows, including The Larry King Live Radio Show, Good Morning America, and Focus on the Family.
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Richard Pieper, Sr.Mr. Richard Pieper
Non-Executive Chairman, PPC Partners, Inc.
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Richard Pieper is Chairman of PPC Partners, Inc. who owns a series of electrical service and construction firms doing business under 15 different DBAs. Richard joined Pieper Electric as President in 1960. At that time the family-owned business had eight employees doing $250,000 of business per year. Today PPC Partners, Inc. employs 900 – 1,100 people and has sales figures in the low nine figures and is one of the top electrical contracting firms in the United States. It is uniquely known for its management principles and its pace-setting continuing education programs addressing all employees’ needs. He currently is a Board member of Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life, Boys & Girls Clubs, Present Music, Florentine Opera, Electri 21′ Council Foundation, Boelter Companies, Inc., Elliot Companies, Inc. and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Past offices held have included Young President’s Organization – Wisconsin, Central Region and International; Wisconsin Council on Economic Education; National Electrical Contractor’s Association. Volunteer Executive: Two-month post in Istanbul for International Executive Service Corps. Consultant to Commission on Education (U.S. office of education [HEW]), as part of a volunteer team regionalizing and decentralizing the office of education. and to Director of Amtrak on solutions for single greatest passenger complaint. His community involvement includes training 150 nonprofit executives in outcomes management and over 100 nonprofit executives in collaboration, involved in 95 endowment programs (10 of which were personal challenge grants, seeded 8 startup endowments). He has served on many strategic planning initiatives within the nonprofit sector. He has begun a series of endowment chairs for Servant Leaders in universities and colleges.
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Jan StumpMs. Jan Stump
Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation
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With twenty-eight years of fund development experience, Jan understands the crucial role of mission-driven fund development to build sustainable and flourishing non-profit organizations. Not only has she started development programs in fledgling organizations, she has guided those programs to maturity, culminating in successfully funded capital projects. Currently she is Executive Director of the ACSI Education Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO— a foundation whose mission is to strengthen the educational efforts of faith-based schools worldwide.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Hal Urban webDr. Hal Urban
Teacher-Author-Speaker
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Hal Urban grew up in northern California before attending the University of San Francisco, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s in history, a California teaching credential and a doctorate in education. He taught at San Carlos High School for 16 years, at Woodside High for 19 years and part-time at USF for 36 years. He won several awards for teaching excellence at all three. The Center for Character Education selected him as National Teacher of the Year in 1999, and in 2005 CEP presented him with the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award. He has made more than 1,000 presentations nationally and internationally. 
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Rucker SneadLt. Col. Rucker Snead (USA ret)
Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public, Hampden-Sydney College
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Lt. Col. Rucker Snead III ’81 (USA ret) currently serves as the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College.  Prior to that he served as the Associate Dean for Career Education and Vocation Reflection.  He is also very active in his community where he serves as the Chairman of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the United Way of Prince Edward; and Co-Director of Leadership Farmville.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, he served over twenty years in the US Army.  His assignments included a variety of tours both at home and abroad to include a command position in Germany, teaching at Appalachian State University, working with the United Nations in Haiti, training the Saudi military, running the 54th Presidential Inaugural Parade, and serving in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.  He earned a BA in Political Science and French from Hampden-Sydney College, a MA in History from Appalachian State University, and MMAS in Strategic Studies from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Ft Leavenworth.