ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Thomas M. Rollins, Esq.

Thomas M. Rollins is the founder of The Teaching Company, and he was its CEO and chairman until 2006. The Teaching Company is premised on the discovery Mr. Rollins made as a law student studying for an exam: Recorded lectures by the most dynamic teachers and professors are a uniquely powerful way to learn. These audio and video lectures bring the full range of the liberal arts and sciences to the worldwide public, and they have been taken more than 19 million times. The Company has been described by the New York Times as “a force in continuing education” and by the Wall Street Journal as “the colossus of its field.”

For his work with The Teaching Company, Mr. Rollins was named the 2012 recipient of the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.

Prior to founding The Teaching Company, he served as chief of staff and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, the committee with jurisdiction over federal domestic policy, and particularly federal education spending. He also was an associate at the firm then known as Susman, Godfrey & McGowan, one of the country’s most prominent litigation firms, and a clerk to the Hon. James L. Oakes, a judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Rollins was named the “Outstanding College Debater of the Decade” for the 1970s and was recently awarded the National Speech & Debate Association’s 2015 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to speech and debate. He has coached state speech and debate champions at the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and continues to support debate programs at Georgetown University, the National Urban Debate League, and the National Speech & Debate Association.

He received his B.A. in philosophy cum laude from Georgetown University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.