William Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer, Kepner-Tregoe
Bill is Chairman of TregoED’s Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kepner-Tregoe (KT). KT is a world renowned multinational management consulting and training services company. Their business training, leadership development and consulting services have improved management practices of organizations worldwide. Bill oversees and is responsible for all aspects of Kepner-Tregoe worldwide.
Bill holds a B.A. in Accounting from Rowan University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Christopher T. Cross, Chairman, FourPoint Education Partners
Chris, Chairman of the education policy consulting firm FourPoint Education Partners, serves as a distinguished senior fellow with the Education Commission of the States and is a consultant to the Broad Foundation. Chris brings considerable strategic planning, policy analysis, and development skills to the table. In addition to serving on numerous educational policy boards and research councils, he was a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy and has served in the U.S. Department of Education as Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement, facilitating the negotiated rule-making process on Title 1 for the Department.
Chris has written extensively in the education and public policy areas and has been published in numerous scholarly and technical publications including Education Week, The College Board Review, Washington Post and LA Times. He has published the book Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age in 2003.
Chris has a B.A. from Whittier College and an M.A. in government from California State University.
David Verdugo, Partner, Leadership Associates
David is a partner in Leadership Associates, California’s premier executive superintendent search firm. Before this position, he served as Executive Director of California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) in Sacramento, CA, as well as the former Director of the Superintendents Leadership Academy for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents based in Washington, DC.
David served as Superintendent of Schools for the Paramount Unified School District for 9 years and Assistant Superintendent of the Placentia Yorba Unified School District. Serving in positions in education from superintendent to teacher and coach he has over 43 years of experience in education spanning grades k-12. David’s vast experience has given him many opportunities to experience firsthand the benefits of analytic process tools. He believes that strategic thinking is essential to the success of school leaders and has demonstrated an expertise in the use of TregoED tools for identifying and resolving important issues facing school districts today.
Dr. Verdugo earned his Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, his Master’s degree from the University of La Verne, and his Doctoral degree in educational administration from USC.
Benjamin B. Tregoe, Ph.D., Founder (1927–2005)
Benjamin B. Tregoe, Ph.D., co-founder of Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. served as its chairman emeritus until his death in April 2005. Kepner-Tregoe (KT) was founded in 1958 on the strength of Dr. Tregoe’s and Dr. Charles H. Kepner’s pioneering research in rational problem solving and decision making. KT is headquartered in Princeton, NJ and conducts business in over 50 countries and 20 languages. Today over 400 of the 1,000 largest companies worldwide use Kepner-Tregoe management methods.
Ben authored several books and articles, including: The Rational Manager (1965), his landmark book in the field of management methodology. Other books include: The New Rational Manager (1997); Top Management Strategy (1980); Vision in Action (1989); The Culture of Success (1997); and Analytic Processes for School Leaders (2001). Ben is memorialized in the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame.]
Ben had a lifelong admiration, respect and appreciation for education and educators. In 1993, he realized a long-held dream by founding TregoED. He served as its Chairman until his death in 2005.
Ben held a bachelor of arts from Whittier College and a doctor of philosophy from Harvard University.