For almost 15 years, I have been involved with independent school education, as trustee, chief of finance and operations, teacher, parent, and volunteer at Francis Parker School in San Diego, one of the largest independent schools in the United States. I have been either directly responsible for, or intimately involved in, strategic planning, financial sustainability, campus and program design, global education, development, marketing, educational technology, admissions and financial aid, benchmarking and trend analyses, and risk management. I have consulted on 21st Century curriculum development, written, and given talks to educational and industry groups, and had the honor of teaching a version of my Falconer seminar in strategic and creational thinking to West Point cadets. Each year I lead a two-week trip in experiential immersion for students to the Philippines where our goal is to understand and experience the fact that 4 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day.
Before working in education, I was a partner in JEBCO Seismic, Ltd., an international geology and geophysical consulting firm serving the oil and gas industry, where I directed business ventures in the former Soviet Union, South America, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. The most exciting part of that venture was working close to center stage in the economic and political transformation of the USSR, the end of the Cold War, and the historic opening of the communist-dominated economy to the outside world.
I graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in geology in 1980 and participated in a number of research expeditions studying the deep ocean basins of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Bering Sea with colleagues from Stanford, Woods Hole, Scripps, and the U.S. Geological Survey. After college I travelled extensively through Asia and taught for a year as a visiting professor in geology and environmental studies at Silliman University in the Philippines, one of the largest and oldest English language universities in Asia.
My wife, Julie and I live in Poway, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Our son, Josh, is a PhD candidate in systems biology at Stanford. Our daughter, Cassidy, graduated with her BA in Political Science and MA in History from Stanford, and is currently a professional volleyball player and member of the US National volleyball team.