Organization: New School University
Location: New York, NY
Bob Kerrey is a member of the Citizens Advisory Group.
Bob Kerrey is president of New School University in New York City, which has seven schools and one program that serve the diverse educational needs of 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 20,000 continuing education students. He was previously a U.S. senator for Nebraska, winning elections in 1988 and 1994 before choosing not to run for re-election in 2000. During his 12 years in the Senate, Mr. Kerrey worked on issues such as civil rights, gun control, Social Security reform, and health insurance. He was elected governor of Nebraska despite having no prior political experience; after serving a single four-year term, he returned to business. Throughout his career, Mr. Kerrey has been involved with all levels of education, giving his strong support both to increased funding and the need for significant reform. He headed the bipartisan Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, which in 2001 produced an influential report entitled The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice. He currently leads a five-year writing challenge sponsored by The National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, is co-chair with Newt Gingrich of The National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, and was a member of the recent 9/11 Commission. Educated in pharmacy at the University of Nebraska, Mr. Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. After his military service, he started a chain of restaurants and health clubs in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.