John C. Mather, Ph.D.

Dr. John C. Mather serves as Science Director of the National Academy of Future STEM Innovators.

Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Mather studied cosmic microwave background radiation and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California.

As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Dr. Mather led a team to propose the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite mission to study cosmic microwave background radiation. This work, for which he won a Nobel Prize, helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.”

Dr. Mather has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.

In 2007, Dr. Mather was listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October 2012, he was listed again by Time Magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of the 25 most influential people in space.

Mary Beth Finn, Ed.D.

Dr. Mary Beth Finn is the Vice President/Provost of New Charter University. She is also an accreditation specialist, instructor, and course designer for the university.

Dr. Finn has over thirty years of professional experience as an administrator in universities, during which time she has overseen the curriculum, conduct, course progression, and completion and graduation of approximately 45,000 students. Her instruction has included both campus and online instruction in a variety of education, criminal justice, business, and academic success and strategy courses. In addition, she has also had over 30 years of experience in academic affairs, admissions, compliance and accreditation, and student affairs, as well as curriculum design and development.

Dr. Finn has had the opportunity to support the education of thousands of students through her work in recruiting new enrollments and assessing programs for student success. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for student satisfaction and success, while also teaching business, homeland security, criminal justice, accounting, and professional development courses. In addition, she has taught management courses for NASA at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center and the Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida.


Patricia A. McLagan, M.Ed.

Ms. Patricia A. McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.

Ms. McLagan is an award­-winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal […] leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”

She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).

She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.

She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an Honorary Professor of Human Resource Management, and has served on many professional jour­nal advisory boards. She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”

Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.

Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is the past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.


The Society of Torch & Laurel

The Society of Torch & Laurel is a high school honors program developed by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to recognize high school high-achievers and provide them and their families with the vital tools to successfully transition to college.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and gives out more than $1 million annually in scholarships, awards, and chapter funds.

College Admissions Central

College Admission Central exists to serve high school students interests, providing them with the essential resources and support that’s required to gain acceptance to college. They provide the essential tools, information, resources, and assistance: everything they’ll need to succeed!


International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is an organization devoted to improving technology education and engineering through the use of technology, innovation, design, and engineering experiences at the K-12 school levels. It represents over 35,000 technology educators throughout the world.

STEM Education Coalition

The STEM Education Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness amongst policymakers at every level about the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. The Coalition believes that our nation must improve the way our students learn STEM and that the business, education, and STEM communities must work together to achieve this goal.


National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.