Grantham University's independent Board of Governors operates under the by-laws and charter of the University, and has complete oversight of all programmatic components of Grantham University. The board is comprised of the following individuals:
- Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (Ret.) U.S. Navy
- Mr. John Ashford
- Mr. Harry Hagerty
- RADM Karen Harmeyer (Ret.) U.S. Navy
- Dr. Herbert I. London
- Mr. Joseph C. McGrath
- LTG Thomas G. Rhame (Ret.) U.S. Army
- Mr. Lawrence G. Rebman
Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (Ret.) U.S. Navy
Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (Ret.), a distinguished Naval officer and government executive, is best known to the public as the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam. He was taken prisoner on August 5, 1964, and held in North Vietnam as a POW for eight and a half years, until the general release of the American prisoners on February 12, 1973.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1980, Commander Alvarez has held numerous notable positions, including: deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps; deputy administrator of what was then the Veterans Administration; and chairman of the CARES Commission, a 16-member, independent panel chartered by the Secretary to recommend critical change within the Veteran Affairs Department. He is past chairman of the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS); a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Graduate University; a member of the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University; and has served on the White House Fellows Selection Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Armed Services YMCA of the USA.
In 2008, Mr. Alvarez was selected and honored by the “Council for Excellence in Government” as one of the 25 greatest public servants, over the past 25 years, for his remarkable service to our nation. In November 2008, the UniformedServicesUniversity of the Health Sciences named the Board of Regents meeting center in honor of Mr. Alvarez’s service to the University and to military medicine. In January 2010, Mr. Alvarez was awarded the Richard Nixon Library Foundation’s first “American Hero” award for a lifetime of service to our nation. And in September 2012, Mr.Alvarez was awarded the prestigious Lone Sailor Award, presented by the Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington DC.
Commander Alvarez holds numerous military decorations, some of which are: the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit (with Combat “V”), two Bronze Stars (with Combat “V”), the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Heart Medals.
Mr. John Ashford
Mr. John Ashford is an advisor to Fortune 100 companies as chairman and CEO of The Hawthorn Group, L.C., an Alexandria, Virginia, international public affairs firm that he co-founded more than 20 years ago. Mr. Ashford received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Missouri Valley College, where he served on the board for nearly 20 years and from which he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He co-chaired Missouri Valley’s Presidential Task Force on strategic planning. Mr. Ashford earned his Master's in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has lectured at a score of universities, from New York to Moscow. With extensive university board experience, he provides great insight to Grantham's Board, having been actively involved in higher education issues, representing numerous educational clients, including major universities.
Mr. Harry Hagerty
Mr. Harry Hagerty is the president and chief executive officer of Math Mastery, an e-Learning company that provides tutorial products for AOL, Discovery and 71,000 schools nationwide. Mr. Hagerty served as chairman and CEO of Globalink, Inc., a translation software development and publishing company until its acquisition in 1998 by Lernout & Hauspie. Mr. Hagerty graduated from West Point in 1962. Mr. Hagerty brings significant educational technology expertise to the Board. Mr. Hagerty participated in the initial funding of the Discovery Channel and was founder of Digital Switch Corporation (now “DSC Communications, Inc.”).
RADM Karen Harmeyer
(Ret.) U.S. Navy
Rear Admiral Karen Harmeyer, USNR Retired, graduated from Creighton Memorial St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She attained a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University. Rear Admiral Harmeyer brings extensive knowledge to the Board in the education of military students and medical personnel. She also brings additional insight relating to diversity and gender issues.
Dr. Herbert I. London
Dr. Herbert London, chair of the Board of Governors, is president of the London Center for Policy Research and former president of the Hudson Institute, a world-renowned think-tank in Washington, DC. He is the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University, was responsible for creating the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and served as its dean until 1992. Dr. London is a graduate of Columbia University (1960), and the recipient of a Ph.D. from New York University (1966). He is also professor emeritus at New York University. He is the chairman of the National Association of Scholars and the erstwhile editor of Academic Questions. Dr. London was the first recipient of the Peter Shaw Award for his exemplary writing on higher education and American intellectual culture. His perspective on faculty and student issues, as well as curriculum, is especially valuable to the Board.
Mr. Joseph C. McGrath
Mr. Joseph C. McGrath is president of Grantham University. Prior to joining the University, he held the position of director of finance and administration for a group of private schools located throughout Europe. Mr. McGrath also served in various executive capacities in commercial and corporate banking for almost 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California. His financial background and educational leadership skills have proved invaluable to the Board in the areas of financial management and the academic success of students.
LTG Thomas G. Rhame
(Ret.) U.S. Army
Lieutenant General Thomas Rhame, who currently serves as the vice president of finance and administration for the Association of the United States Army, retired from the Army on September 30, 1997. His last assignment was as the director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. Prior to that, General Rhame was the chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Storm, General Rhame was the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”), Fort Riley, Kansas. Under his command, “The Big Red One” successfully conducted the initial attack to penetrate Iraqi defensive positions, conducted the rapid passage of lines for the 1st British Armored Division, and conducted a night attack against elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard.
General Rhame also served two tours of combat in Vietnam, his first in 1967, commanding B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, and his second in 1971, serving as a district senior advisor with USAMACV.
General Rhame received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” Device (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device.
General Rhame graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1963. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a Comptrollership specialty from Syracuse University.
Mr. Lawrence G. Rebman
Mr. Lawrence G. Rebman was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon as an administrative law judge with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in March 2013. Prior to that, he had been the director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations for four years. During his tenure as director, Mr. Rebman was elected president of the National Association of Government Labor Organizations and president-elect of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Rebman also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee for Apprentice. Mr. Rebman earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.