About me

Association Magazine photograph, 1999

Association Magazine photograph, 1999

I am a U. S. citizen living in Atlanta, Georgia, having grown up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I graduated in 1956 from Chattanooga (City) High School, then served in the Electronic Security Command of the U. S. Air Force. I received a B.S. degree in business/economics and an M.Ed. in educational psychology, both at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then completed a Ph.D. in clinical (and research) psychology at Emory University, Atlanta. I served as CEO of public mental health facilities for nine years, but then became interested in management and governance (board operation). I developed a unique “theory” of governance–Policy Governance®–and for 35 years worked as independent governance consultant worldwide. In the spreading of this conceptual innovation, I published over 200 articles. In other writing as sole or co-author, five books were published by Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons. On two occasions I testified before committees of the U. S. Congress.

My philosophical identity is secular humanism, in complete awe of the universe including my fellows and myself. In furtherance of that identity, I am a life member in the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Atheists, as well as member of the National Center for Science Education, and the national Libertarian Party (despite estrangement over the past few years). Prior to retirement, I held invited membership in Sigma Xi (honorary scientific research organization), and regular memberships in the American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Atlanta Freethought Society, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for Inquiry.

I have been married since 1995 to my best friend (and for years, business colleague), Miriam Carver, American citizen, born in the United Kingdom, and naturalized in Canada. I have two daughters and three granddaughters. An ardent international traveler, I have been in over 70 countries for business and pleasure. My reading, other than fiction, is largely in history, philosophy, government, and light science.