Cota-Robles, Eugene H., Chair. Professor Emeritus, University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Cota-Robles has served in a variety of academic positions, including Assistant Vice President for Academic Advancement, University of California; Provost of Crown College; and Academic Vice Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Carnegie Corporation of New York; a member of the Board of Directors of the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program; and a founding member of the National Chicago Council on Higher Education. He has also held membership on the California Achievement Council, the Visiting Committee for Medical Scientists at Harvard University, and The College Board Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs. Dr. Cota-Robles has served on the National Research Council's advisory committee to the National Board on Graduate Education's "Minority Group Participation in Graduate Education" study and as co-chair of the NRC planning group to "Assess OSEP Initiatives for Increasing the Participation of Underrepresented Minorities." Dr. Cota-Robles received a B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the University of Arizona and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis.
Baum, Sandy, Chair, Department of Economics and Professor of Economics, Skidmore College. Dr. Baum has served as Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty for Affirmative Action and Diversity at Skidmore College. Her pertinent research includes the financing of education, student aid, and equity issues. She is currently on the advisory boards for the Department of Education's Direct Loan Steering Committee, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Dr. Baum received her B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.
Brown, Sarita, Senior Fellow, Office of Minorities in Higher Education and Principal Partner, Education Trust, American Association for Higher Education. Ms. Brown has served as Assistant Graduate Dean and Director of the Graduate Opportunity Program at the University of Texas, Austin. Her professional activities include serving as a senior consultant for a Pew and Ford Foundation grant to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) to create a national minority doctoral fellowship program; Vice Chair, Space Grant Review Panel, NASA; Chair, National Name Exchange; and Member, GRE Minority Graduate Education Committee. Ms. Brown received B.A. degrees in Communication and General and Comparative Studies and an M.A. in Organizational Communication, She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas, Austin.