Education and Research Institute

Officers and Board Members

Daniel Oliver is chairman of The Education and Research Institute. He has a broad background in government and public policy, having served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, General Counsel at the Departments of Education and Agriculture. He also served on the boards of National Review magazine (of which he is a former chairman), the Centre for the New Europe, the International Policy Network, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and was Vice President and on the Advisory Board of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and his LL.B. from Fordham Law School.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He is married to Louise Vietor Oliver, the former U. S. Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris.  They have five children and ten grandchildren.

James C. Roberts is the President of the American Studies Center, a non-profit foundation in Arlington, Virginia. He is the founder of Radio America, a news/talk network and of  the American Veterans Center. Roberts is a graduate of Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy as anti-submarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer during two extended deployments in the Western Pacific. He is a former executive director of the American Conservative Union, and was director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 1981 to 1984. He is the author of two books: The Conservative Decade : Emerging Leaders of the 1980s and Hardball on the Hill: Baseball Stories from the Nation’s Capital.  Roberts and his wife, Patricia (O’Connor) Roberts have four children and two grandchildren and reside in Great Falls, Virginia.

Patrick S. Korten is a veteran of more than forty years in the fields of journalism, government and public policy in Washington, D.C. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Executive Assistant Director of Policy and Communications at the U.S. Department of Personnel Management. He was an anchorman and Congressional correspondent at Washington's all-news station, WTOP, for six years. He served on the staffs of three members of Congress, and as Vice President for Communications at the Cato Institute, at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and at the Knights of Columbus. While a political science major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper now approaching a half-century of publication.

Allan Ryskind has been associated with the politically influential  Human Events from 1959 through 2015 as a reporter, editor and owner.  Called a "masterful reporter" by The Washington Post, Ryskind covered nine presidencies, beginning with John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960. He travelled to numerous Cold War hot spots, reporting on the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and Chile. Edited by Thomas Winter and Ryskind for over three decades, the publication had a profound impact on conservative politics and significantly affected policy and personnel decisions in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. President Ronald Reagan heavily relied on its contents in shaping his policies, even informing Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that HE's support of The Strategic Defense Initiative was a major reason he would not abandon it.  Ryskind has been published in scores of publications, including National Review, The Weekly Standard and Breitbart News.  He has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs such as Meet The Press, CSPAN and the Voice of America. After two years of Army duty, he earned a Masters in Journalism from UCLA. He is the author of Hubert, a biography of liberal icon Hubert Humphrey, and Hollywood Traitors, a critical look at Hollywood's blacklisted screenwriters.

Terrance Scanlon retired in January 2016 after more than 22 years as President of the Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. From 1989-1994, he was Vice President of the Heritage Foundation.  In 1983, he was appointed a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission by President Ronald Reagan. He became Chairman of the CPSC in 1985, a position he held until 1989.  He was the highest ranking Democrat during the last two years of the Reagan Administration.  He has been married to Judy Scanlon for 48 years.  They have three adult sons and four granddaughters.

Ralph Kinney Bennett is a writer, writing coach and editorial consultant living in Ligonier, Pa. and Delray Beach, Fla.  He was a reporter and feature writer for The New Haven Register, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The National Observer. He retired in 2001 as Assistant Managing Editor in the Washington Bureau of The Reader’s Digest, where he covered national and international affairs for more than 30 years, traveling the world while writing on a wide variety of subjects and heading up major investigative projects. As a White House correspondent, he covered seven U.S. Presidents.  In recent years many of his articles have appeared on-line at TCS Daily, The American, National Review and numerous on-line sites. After 35 years as a Washington journalist he retired to his hometown, Ligonier, Pa., site of a historic British frontier fort of the French and Indian War.  He proudly serves as an active firefighter with Ligonier Volunteer Hose Co. No. 1, and as a trustee of the Fort Ligonier Association, which oversees the restored fort and its museum.

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