Dr. Balch is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University and the founder and president of the National Association of Scholars, America’s largest and most active membership organization of scholars committed to higher education reform. He holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and, for fourteen years, was a member of the Government faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and has played an important role in the founding of four other higher education reform organizations. He is the author of a variety of articles on the problems of higher education, his comments appear frequently in the media, and he has spoken before academic and general audiences on many campuses.
Josiah Bunting III
General Bunting was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He subsequently studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career, General Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal–2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes: President, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); President, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and Superintendent, VMI (1995-2003). General Bunting has published four novels, including The Lionheads (G. Braziller, 1972), a best-seller that was selected by Time Magazine as one of “The Ten Best Novels” of 1973. More recently, he has completed several works of non-fiction An Education for Our Time (Regnery 1998) and a biography Ulysses S. Grant (Times Book, 2004). He is chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s National Civic Literacy Board and president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He also serves on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.