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.

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  • Ali Eskandarian, Executive Director, Fund for Academic Renewal

    As Executive Director of the Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Dr. Eskandarian works closely with donors to design, monitor and evaluate transformative gifts to higher education that meet their philanthropic objectives. Prior to assuming the leadership position at FAR, Dr. Eskandarian was a professor at George Washington University (GW) and dean of GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus as well the College of Professional Studies, where he initiated and implemented the design and development of several innovative degree programs and certificates. During his career, he has held technical and management positions in the aerospace and telecommunications industries, served at the National Research Council, and held the Distinguished Oliver Endowed Chair, and Virginia Eminent Scholar position, at the James Madison University.

    Dr. Eskandarian holds a BS in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from George Washington University. His research interests are focused on the foundations of quantum theory, quantum computing/information, and astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences.