About the Authors:
As the former CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute (2005 – 2009), Brian Carpenter, Ph.D., CFE saw the imperative for developing and supporting charter school governing boards at a time when the topic hadn’t received much attention nationally. He tackled the issue head-on in 2006 with his first book, published by the Institute, Charter School Board University: An Introduction to Effective School Governance.
Through his presentations and publications since, Brian continues to set the standard for effective charter school governance. As a solopreneur since 2009, he continues to work with charter school boards and leaders across the country, and collaborates with the Institute from time to time on special projects.
Leading the way toward a day when all students have access to a diverse array of exceptional schools where they can learn, grow and prepare for success, Jim Goenner serves as President and CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute. Jim joined the charter schools movement in 1995, and has played a prominent role in developing and strengthening the performance of the charter schools sector in Michigan and across the nation ever since. In 2010, Jim’s pioneering efforts and commitment to excellence earned him an induction into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Institute, Jim served as the Executive Director of The Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, where he led the first and largest university authorizer of charter public schools in the nation. Under Jim’s leadership, CMU became known as the “gold standard” for charter school authorizing. Jim currently serves on the board of directors of the Charter Schools Development Corporation. He helped found the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and chaired its board of directors (2007-2010). He also helped found and chaired the board of directors of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (2002-2010), and served as the first President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (1996-1998). Jim earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Michigan State University, Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Jim and his wife, Theresa, have seven children.
“Having worked in schools in 3 states, I can absolutely attest to the impact that governing boards have, for good or bad, on a school leader’s ability to be successful for students. In addition, I know of no other expert in the field who has demonstrated the ability to diagnose and help boards more than Brian Carpenter. My decision to leave a successful school and move my family 2,000 miles across the country was made largely due to the fact that I knew that Brian had worked with that board.”
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