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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 11, 2010

Kauffman Scholars CEO will address Northwest summer graduates

R. Stephen Green

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. R. Stephen Green, the president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars Inc., will address Northwest Missouri State students and their families during the University's summer commencement ceremony on Thursday, July 29.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Bearcat Arena. More than 200 students are scheduled to graduate.

"I'm delighted Dr. Green will be with us for our summer commencement ceremonies, and I'm certain the class of 2010, their families and guests will recognize his passion for ensuring young people of today - from all social strata and every conceivable economic background - receive the full benefits of a great education," said Dr. Max Ruhl, dean of Northwest's College of Education and Human Services. "Dr. Green understands, perhaps better than almost anyone, that education remains the great equalizer in our society. He is committed to closing the achievement gap, and his passion for the success of students in all circumstances is profound."

Kauffman Scholars is a comprehensive college preparatory and scholarship program designed to increase the number of college graduates from Greater Kansas City's urban schools. The program provides guidance and support to place urban youth on the path to college graduation. Expected to serve more than 2,300 students with a grant of $70 million over 19 years, it is the largest and longest-term commitment in the history of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Prior to becoming the president and CEO at Kauffman Scholars, Green was the superintendent of Community School District 28 and a local instructional superintendent in Region Three for the New York City Board of Education.

He also has served as president and executive director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative; national executive director of the College Ed Program for the College Board; assistant superintendent for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana; teacher and professor of English literature at the high school and university levels; and director of minority student affairs at Butler University.

Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration.

Green has been a frequent presenter at national conferences addressing issues of educational equity, access and achievement in school curriculum design and reform. He has been featured in several educational training productions such as "Discipline with Dignity," "Touching the Future: Minorities in Education," "Pacesetter" and "CollegeEd." He is an active member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Association of Secondary School Administrators, and the Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development.

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