Michael Kirst is a professor emeritus of education and business administration (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He is the President of the California State Board of Education. He received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MPA and PhD from Harvard University. Kirst has received the American Educational Research Association’s Roald Campbell Award, a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was associate director of the White House Fellows Association. His publications include Political Dynamics of American Education (with Frederick Wirt), Who Controls Our Schools: American Values in Conflict, and Betraying the College Dream. Kirst is the current president of the California State Board of Education.