Academy Leadership

Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.

Dr. Mario Capecchi currently serves as Science Director to the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Dr. Capecchi, a biophysicist, is a Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

He is best known for his groundbreaking work in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies, for their work in finding ways to manipulate the mammalian genome by inserting new genes into cells.

This research led to the breeding of “knock-out mice” and “knock-in mice,” animals with a single gene removed or inserted. Dr. Capecchi’s knock-out mice allow scientists complete freedom regarding how to manipulate the DNA sequences in the genome of living mice. His research interests include analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, gene therapy, and production of murine models of human genetic diseases.

Dr. Capecchi’s current research at the Capecchi Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine is on modeling certain neuro and psychiatric disorders and pediatric cancers to measure and ultimately develop human therapies.

Mary Beth Finn, Ed.D.

Dr. Mary Beth Finn is the Vice President/Provost of New Charter University. She is also an accreditation specialist, instructor, and course designer for the university.

Dr. Finn has over thirty years of professional experience as an administrator in universities, during which time she has overseen the curriculum, conduct, course progression, and completion and graduation of approximately 45,000 students. Her instruction has included both campus and online instruction in a variety of education, criminal justice, business, and academic success and strategy courses. In addition, she has also had over 30 years of experience in academic affairs, admissions, compliance and accreditation, and student affairs, as well as curriculum design and development.

Dr. Finn has had the opportunity to support the education of thousands of students through her work in recruiting new enrollments and assessing programs for student success. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for student satisfaction and success, while also teaching business, homeland security, criminal justice, accounting, and professional development courses. In addition, she has taught management courses for NASA at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center and the Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida.

Pat McLagan, M.Ed.

rr-bio-photoMs. Pat McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.

Ms. McLagan is an award­-winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal…leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”

She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).

She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.

She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an honorary Professor of Human Resource Management and has served on many professional jour­nal advisory boards.  She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”

Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.

Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.