Former President Of Yale University To Speak On US Public Education Reforms
Professor Benno Schmidt, former president of Yale University and chairman of the United States’ leading private manager
of public schools, will deliver the New Zealand Business Roundtable’s annual Sir Ronald Trotter Lecture in Auckland this
In the lecture, titled Reinventing Public Education in America, Professor Schmidt will focus on the reform of public
education in the US. He will discuss some of the conditions that have led to the reforms, current trends and debates in
US public education and will put forward his view on what is needed for the future.
Professor Schmidt is one of America’s leading scholars of the US Constitution, the history of the US Supreme Court, the
law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. He is currently Chairman of Edison Schools,
a company which enters into partnerships with public education authorities to create innovative and world-class public
schools. The Edison school design has been implemented in 113 public schools and more than 57,000 students currently
attend Edison partnership schools (www.edisonproject.com).
Professor Schmidt is an internationally renowned educationalist and outspoken defender of freedom of expression and
liberal education. He was president of Yale University from 1986 to 1992, and earlier in his career he was dean of
Columbia University law school. He was chairman of Mayor Giuliani’s Task Force on The City University of New York.
Professor Schmidt is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and
The Sir Ronald Trotter lecture was inaugurated in 1995 to recognise Sir Ron’s role as the New Zealand Business
Roundtable’s founding chairman and his many contributions to business and public affairs in New Zealand.
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