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Dan Porterfield        

President & CEO of the Aspen Institute; Advocate for Expanding Educational Opportunity & Improving the Human Condition

Daniel R. Porterfield is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to drive change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. He has been recognized as a visionary strategist, transformational leader, devoted educator, and passionate advocate for justice and opportunity.

Prior to leading the Aspen Institute, Porterfield served as the President of Franklin & Marshall College, and was Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and an award-winning professor of English at his alma mater, Georgetown University.

Before arriving at Georgetown, Porterfield served for four years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Chief Speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Porterfield earned B.A. degrees from Georgetown and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate Center, where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees from Wake Forest University, Miami Dade College, Queens University of Charlotte, Elizabethtown College, and Mt. Aloysius College.

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