Board of Trust

Chair

Dr. Kenneth McLennan


Dr. Kenneth McLennan has extensive experience in higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and was president and CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance from 1987 to 1999. He has served on the faculty of University of Guelph, Ryerson University, Rutgers University and Temple University where he was Chair of the Department of Economics. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and in the graduate Public Policy Program at the College of William and Mary.

Currently, Dr. McLennan is an adjunct faculty member in the Joint Eastern Virginia Medical School – Old Dominion University Master of Public Health Program where he teaches the course ‘Public Health Administration and Management’. In government, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, U.S. Department of Labor (on leave from Temple University (1972-1974). He was Division Chief, Social Affairs and Industrial Relations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Paris, France (on leave from Temple University, (1972-1977).

Dr. McLennan’s Ph.D. is from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MBA is from the University of Toronto and his B.Sc. is from the London School of Economics.

Board Members

Natasha Blackshear

Natasha Blackshear is an attorney in private practice. Ms. Blackshear’s prior experience includes serving as partner at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, running its Nashville office. In 2011, Ms. Blackshear was recognized by the Nashville Post as one of Nashville’s top 101 lawyers.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Blackshear was a venture capitalist for five years at Council Ventures, LP, where she was part of a four-person team investing a $52 million fund. She also worked as a corporate valuation consultant at  PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Blackshear was appointed by former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and served as a commissioner for nine years. She served for eight years on the board of directors of Market Matters, Inc., an independent, notfor-profit international development organization.

Ms. Blackshear is admitted to the bar associations of New York, Massachusetts (retired status) and Tennessee. Ms. Blackshear holds a J.D. from Harvard University and an MBA and Bachelor of Science in applied economics and management from Cornell University.

Michael Bowling

Michael BowlingMichael Bowling is Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy at AT&T. In this role he has been responsible for driving AT&T’s overall long-term planning and strategic initiatives since September 2013.

Prior to his current role at AT&T, Mr. Bowling served as Chief Marketing Officer, Business Solutions. In that role, Michael was responsible for driving the growth of a $37B wireline business as well as the Business Mobility service portfolio. He had also been President of AT&T Mexico, and served on the Boards of Telmex and Telmex International. Previously, with BellSouth, Mr. Bowling was Vice President of Converged Services and Platform Development as well as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Broadband from 2003 to 2005. He also served in a wide range of marketing and sales capacities within BellSouth’s domestic enterprise and consumer operations since joining BellSouth in 1990.

In addition, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Judy Burckhardt

judy-burckhardtDr. Judy Burckhardt served as dean of nursing and healthcare programs at American Sentinel University from 2013 until 2017. Previously, she was the dean of nursing and health programs at Kaplan Higher Education Campuses and before that, the vice president of Kaplan’s School of Nursing. Dr. Burckhardt has many years of experience as an educator and administrator in diploma, ADN and BSN programs. She led the nursing division at Kaplan Test Preparation and spearheaded the development and growth of the company’s nursing programs. Dr. Burckhardt is the co-author of a top-selling book of strategies for preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam and has published numerous articles for nursing publications.

Dr. Burckhardt holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts in education with an adult education emphasis from Washington University, a Master of Science Nursing with a nursing education emphasis from Kaplan University and a Bachelor of Science Nursing from Loyola University.

Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch

Colleen Conway-WelchDr. Colleen Conway-Welch served more than 28 years as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), and was the second longest sitting dean of any U.S. nursing school. She was the Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and a national leader in nursing education. She built the School of Nursing from a small program with about 100 baccalaureate students and a small number of Master’s students in 1984, to a school with 1000 enrollments, offering highly sought Masters and Doctoral degree programs, and ranking 15th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools edition.

The recipient of multiple honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Conway-Welch is also a recipient of the Project HOPE Global Health Leaderships Award, CABLE’s Women on Boards “Board Walk of Fame,” the Policy Champion Award from the National Nursing Centers Consortium, Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare,” the National League for Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education award, and in 2003 she was named Nashvillian of the Year by the Nashville Scene.

A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Nursing (BSN), Catholic University School of Nursing (MSN) and New York University (Ph.D), Dr. Conway-Welch has been a nurse and nurse-midwife for almost 50 years.

Dr. Frank Mayadas

Dr. Frank Mayadas has served as a senior advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 2010, advising the foundation on its continuing grants in the Anytime, Anyplace Learning Program. From 1992 to 2009, he served as a program director at the foundation.

Previously, Dr. Mayadas spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation, serving in a number of capacities, including vice president, research division, technical plans and controls; vice president, technology and solutions development; general manager, university and college systems, IBM personal systems; and secretary of IBM’s Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee, among other positions.

Dr. Mayadas holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Cornell University and a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines.

Robert Neumeister, Jr.

Robert Neumeister has served as a senior financial executive for numerous companies over a 40 year career. He has served as EVP and CFO of Linux Networks, Dex Media, Prolexis Pharmaceuticals, and Aerie Networks. He also held the positions of VP- Financial Operations for Intel, CFO of Sprint PCS and SVP – Finance and Controller of Nortel Networks. In 2008, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Geeknet, for which he served on the board of directors from 2001 until 2010. Previously, Mr. Neumeister served on the boards of Symmetricom and Covad Communications Group.

Mr. Neumeister holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English from Vanderbilt University.