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CLU Welcomes Two New Directors to the Board A longer, more complete description.
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CLU Welcomes Two New Directors to the Board
October 15, 2021

Public finance expert Lourdes Germán and award-winning professor of economics Thomas Nechyba have joined the board of directors of Claremont Lincoln University.

“Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) welcomes to the board of directors Ms. Lourdes Germán, who brings extensive higher education experience, a track record of excellence in teaching and learning, and financial expertise that will ensure we sustain high-quality, affordable, and accessible graduate education for diverse working adults,” said Kathryn J. Lincoln, board chair for CLU. “Similarly, Dr. Thomas Nechyba, a long-time advocate for ethical, inclusive leadership will ensure CLU's graduate programs and certificates are relevant to those with the political will to tackle complex social, economic, and environmental disparities."

Lourdes Germán teaches public finance at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and serves as a senior advisor to the Kresge Foundation. Previously, she served as director of international and institute-wide initiatives for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she created new initiatives to promote municipal fiscal health and established several municipal finance education programs. Prior to joining the Lincoln Institute, she served as a vice president for Fidelity Investments, and as an attorney for the international law firm Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord, LLP).  In addition, Ms. Germán serves as Governor Baker’s appointed chair of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board, serves on the board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Policy, and serves on the board of the Lincoln Institute of land Policy.  Lourdes Germán received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University.

Dr. Thomas Nechyba is a professor of economics and public policy at Duke University.  He conducts his research within the fields of public finance, fiscal federalism, and the economics of education as well as areas related to data privacy and accessibility in social science research. His current and past work has been funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, with occasional additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Spencer Foundation, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. His work has been published in top economics journals like the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the International Economic Review, and he has served on editorial boards for many top economics journals. Within his community in Durham, NC, he has furthermore used his academic expertise to help launch a charter school (Excelsior Academy) that serves a wide spectrum of children in Durham as well as a nonprofit organization (DataWorks NC) that aims to democratize access to and use of data, particularly by underserved members of the local community.

Dr. Nechyba served as director of undergraduate studies, department chair, as well as director of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University where he also co-launched and then directed the highly successful Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science degree. He received his B.A. at the University of Florida in 1989, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1994 and began his academic career on the economics faculty at Stanford University.  His honors include the President’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Rochester, the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford, the Teacher/Scholar Award and the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award at Duke, and the Kenneth Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association. He is also the author of a prominent undergraduate textbook in microeconomics.

The other members of the Claremont Lincoln University board of directors include Ms. Kathryn Jo Lincoln, board chair and chief investment officer of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Mr. James Manifold, retired vice president of business affairs/CFO for Scripps College; Dr. Lynn Priddy, president and CEO of Claremont Lincoln University; Rev. Dr. Jerry Campbell, founding president of Claremont Lincoln University; Mr. Thomas Becker retired president of Chautauqua Institution; Dr. Marjorie Beale, strategic relations and fundraising consultant; Mr. Steve Chanen, president and CEO of Chanen Construction Co., Inc.; Mr. Tony Digiovanni, retired president of Claremont Lincoln University; Mr. Keith Drake, senior vice president and regional manager of Torrey Pines Bank; and Mr. Robert Williams, attorney, philanthropist, and social activist.

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About Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) is a non-profit graduate university offering affordable online master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and professional development programs. Through a socially conscious education framework, CLU’s mission is to create a new leadership ecosystem through its proprietary Claremont Core®, a distinctive model that encompasses the knowledge needed to become an effective leader of positive change in the workplace or community. CLU is regionally accredited by the highly regarded WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which ensures institutions meet strict standards and fulfill their missions in service to their students and the public good. Master's degree programs at CLU focus on civic engagement, ethics, healthcare administration, higher education, human resources, organizational leadership, management, professional studies, public administration, social impact, and sustainability leadership.