Henley-Putnam, a unique strategic security university, has assembled an experienced board of directors with education and national security expertise including strategic intelligence, intelligence management, counterterrorism and military intelligence backgrounds.
Henley-Putnam University Board of Directors
G. Michael Stakias, President, Liberty Partners:
Mr. Stakias joined Liberty Partners in 1998 after 21 years in the practice of law. He was a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Corporate and Business Department at the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome, where he practiced law in the corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and emerging growth company arenas. Mr. Stakias joined Blank Rome in 1980 from the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. He received a BA from the College of William & Mary, a JD, Cum Laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and an LLM in Corporate Finance from New York University School of Law, which he attended as a Securities Regulation Fellow.
William A. Landman, Chief Investment Officer, CMS Companies:
Mr. Landman has been with CMS Companies since 1987. CMS is a 39-year-old boutique private equity investment firm that has deployed more than $2 billion of capital in real estate and operating businesses. From 1977 to 1987 Mr. Landman was a partner in Reich & Landman with expertise in transactional corporate practices and the representation of professional athletes. In addition to his role at CMS, Mr. Landman serves on several boards including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Cetero, Biltmore Capital Group, Liberty Restaurant Group, and CAVIS Acquisition Corp.
Tim Foster, CEO, Concorde Career Colleges:
Since 2005, Mr. Foster has served as Chairman and CEO of Concorde Career Colleges, YTI Career Institute, and Ogle School of Cosmetology which together operate 25 diploma and degree granting schools in eight states. From 2000-2004, Mr. Foster served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ross University (Ross). Ross operates a for-profit school of medicine and school of veterinary medicine. Mr. Foster was a co-founder and director of NovaCare, Inc. (NYSE) a leading rehabilitation and employment services company and, from 1986 through 1999, served consecutively as Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. From 1997 until 2000 Mr. Foster also served as Managing Partner of Foster (no relation) Management, a venture capital firm specializing in the consolidation of fragmented service industries. Mr. Foster has served on several Boards at non-profit educational institutions including Harvard School of Public Health and University of Pennsylvania.
Karen P. Tandy
Tandy is the senior vice president of Public Affairs and Communications for Motorola. Mrs. Tandy serves as Motorola's top public policy spokesperson on issues related to global telecom policy, trade, regulation, spectrum allocation, and country relations. Previously she was head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Justice. She was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 2003. She was the first female head of the DEA.
Prior to becoming DEA Administrator, Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In her capacity as Associate Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for oversight of
the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Drug Intelligence Center, as well as responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies.
Tandy is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and is a graduate of Texas Tech University in and the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Hillyard is currently a higher education consultant specializing in strategy, governance, quality assurance, distance education, and curriculum. Hillyard previously served as President of the University of St. Augustine, President of Rockwell University, Provost of the American Public University System, and Dean of American Military University. Mr. Hillyard's professional service has included being a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Career College Advisory Board, an institutional representative for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and an accreditation team chair and member of the Research and Educational Standards Committee for the Distance Education and Training Council. He has also provided expertise on behalf of the Hong Kong’s, Saudi Arabia’s, and Egypt’s national accreditation authorities. Hillyard’s public service included seven years as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer. His education includes the BS in Business Administration from Miami University, MA in Military Studies from American Military University, and Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He has also completed post-doctoral studies with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Walter Burl Huffman
Huffman served as Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Law from August 2002 until July 2010. He was formerly a senior assistant for law and policy to The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and, prior to that position, served as The Judge Advocate General of The United States Army – the Army’s senior military lawyer. General Huffman served over thirty years in the United States Army, beginning his career as a Field Artillery officer and subsequently serving twenty-seven years as a Judge Advocate, culminating in his selection to serve as the top military lawyer.
As The Judge Advocate General of the Army, he managed and led a legal workforce exceeding 4,000 full-time people including approximately 1,500 uniformed attorneys, 400 civilian attorneys, and both military and civilian paralegal and support personnel in the United States and 17 foreign countries. While the senior Army lawyer, General Huffman led the first United States Defense Department delegation to sign a written cooperation agreement between Russian and U.S. military legal agencies.
Walt is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a former Director of the State Bar of Texas. Walt also currently serves as Chair of the Texas Tech Athletics Council, and in July of 2012 he was appointed by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to the Defense Legal Policy Board.
His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, The Defense Superior Service Medal, The Legion of Merit (2 awards), The Bronze Star (3 awards), The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, and the Vietnam and Southwest Asia Campaign Medals.
Richard (Tom) Ingram
Ingram is president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) having served as president for 13 years through 2005, and previously as executive vice president for 18 years. He is a consultant, facilitator, speaker and writer on nonprofit directorship and academic trusteeship whose focus includes comprehensive governance reviews, board self-study workshops, presidential and board performance reviews, bylaw revision, and executive coaching.
Tom has served on the board of trustees of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C., London, and Singapore (2006-2010). He previously served on the boards of three private colleges (Dickinson College, Allegheny College, and the University of Charleston), an independent secondary school for girls, a higher education association, a multiple-employer health insurance company, and a mutual liability insurance company, United Educators headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where he was a founding director. Tom has worked with educational and other organizations in Bolivia, Canada, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Japan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Among his most recent client institutions in higher education are Boston University, Yeshiva University, the University of Vermont, Antioch University, the University of Florida, the University of the Virgin Islands, and Jamestown College. Current clients include Coker College and the American University of Nigeria.
His publication, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards for BoardSource in Washington, D.C. has sold more than 215,000 copies. In addition to his several books and pamphlets on college and university trusteeship published by Jossey-Bass and the Association of Governing Boards, he has written articles for CASE Currents, Educational Record, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Trusteeship magazine.
Tom held various positions at the University of Maryland, taught public school, and served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. An officer with the United States Army in 1969-71, he served as director of admissions and personnel for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Preparatory School (then at Fort Belvoir, VA) and as an operations research officer in Vietnam.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Bennett is chairman of Liberty Partners, a private investment company that he founded in September 1992 to provide the capital for leveraged buyouts of medium sized companies. He had spent the previous 21 years at Merrill Lynch as a managing director in investment banking and as a senior vice president of Merrill Lynch Interfunding, Inc. Bennett served as a member of the board of trustees of Lehigh University from 1999-2005 and is currently serving as an appointed trustee. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Lehigh's College of Education. He established the Peter E. Bennett Chair in the College of Business & Economics, currently held by James Hall, in support of the Computer Science and Business program.
Additionally, Bennett provides for the Peter E. Bennett Scholarship, as well as for support of computer science and business program at the university. In 2007, Bennett established the Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders in Lehigh's College of Education, and the Peter E. Bennett Chair in Urban Principalship. His gift is the largest in the college's history. Pete earned his degree in management from Lehigh University in 1963. After graduation he spent two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and then earned his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business.