Checker Finn Jr.

Checker E. Finn Jr. is a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Mr. Finn served as Fordham’s president from 1997 to 2014. Previously, he was a professor at Vanderbilt University, staff assistant to the President of the United States, and counsel to the U.S. Ambassador to India. Mr. Finn is currently serving on multiple boards including the National Council on Teacher Quality and the Core Knowledge Foundation, and he previously chaired the National Assessment Governing Board. Author of over twenty books, Mr. Finn is co-author of Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present & Future of Advanced Placement, available in late 2019. Past works include: Charter Schools at the Crossroads: Predicaments, Paradoxes, Possibilities and Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools. A speaker, moderator, and frequent commentator, Mr. Finn has penned over 400 articles in such publications as The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Education Week, and The Atlantic. He also writes weekly for the Fordham Institute. Mr. Finn earned a bachelor’s degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate from Harvard University.