Gilbert K. Davis, Chairman
Gilbert K. Davis is partner with the law firm of Davis & Associates, Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Davis earned a B.A. from Cornell College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He directed two state agencies in Iowa following graduation from college. Before entering law school, he was a teacher of American history in the public schools of Iowa City, Iowa and he is currently president of the Fairfax, Virginia based Para-Legal Institute. Mr. Davis was Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1969 to 1973 and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Superior Court, the Supreme Court of Virginia and many other federal district and circuit courts. Mr. Davis has tried cases in 20 states and the District of Columbia. He was Associate Editor of the 1969 revision of the Virginia Lawyer Handbook and authored the Criminal Trial Manual for the United States Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Davis was chairman of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia in 1973-74, and served as Parliamentarian for the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986. He has instructed trial lawyers in various aspects of litigation at numerous seminars, and is in demand as a public speaker. Mr. Davis also served as an MSNBC TV news analyst. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Trial Lawyers Association. During a distinguished legal career, Mr. Davis brought the first prosecution under the Clean Air Act and the first prosecution of an aircraft hijacker. Mr. Davis obtained for a client the largest judgment in Kentucky history. He also prosecuted the Director of the United States Marshall Service, the first Nixon administration official to go to prison, and brought the first civil case against a sitting President of the United States (Jones v. Clinton). He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court, which unanimously held that a sitting President is not immune from prosecution for personal misconduct.
Richard J. Bishirjian, Ph.D.
Bishirjian, Richard J., earned a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (1972) and the B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh (1964). Dr. Bishirjian’s career has spanned college teaching, government service, and venture financing. From 1989-1995 he worked with associates of Poland’s president, Lech Walesa, on privatization of state companies in Poland. That work included representation of US West International on bids for two cellular telephone licenses; representation of CapCities ABC, Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting in a bid for the first commercial television license in Poland, and with financing from the AFL-CIO he represented Langmo Farms in a bid to purchase Polish state poultry processing companies. That experience led to development of a series of online lectures in privatization from which developed the inspiration to found a complete Internet university. Dr. Bishirjian has served as Yorktown’s President and CEO since 2000.
Sean Duffy, a former business and financial news journalist, is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and political science. Mr. Duffy served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for Colorado Governor Bill Owens. As a member of the Governor’s senior staff, Duffy manages the Administration’s external affairs team, including media relations, constituent services, computer operations and event planning. He serves as the Governor’s chief speechwriter and personally directs his national public relations.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, he served as president of The Commonwealth Foundation, a statewide, non-partisan public policy research organization based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties as the Foundation’s chief executive, Duffy focused on education and technology policy and edited two newsletters.
He is also the founder and director of the Charter School Resource Center, a statewide catalyst for innovative charter public schools, providing hands-on assistance to parents, citizens and educators who are interested in creating charter schools. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, a “cyber charter” affiliated with K12 Inc., a company founded by former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett.
Prior to joining The Commonwealth Foundation, Mr. Duffy was press secretary to Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher. He also worked as press secretary to Pennsylvania Education Secretary Eugene Hickok, serving as a key spokesman for Gov. Tom Ridge’s Administration on education policy. He served as spokesman for the state Senate Republican Caucus, and has been a volunteer advisor to a number of political campaigns.
In the mid-1990s, Duffy was president of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, the state’s largest, pro-taxpayer citizens’ lobby. In that role he worked closely with hundreds of local taxpayer groups throughout Pennsylvania and was an aggressive and prominent advocate for local tax reform, education reform, and pro-free-enterprise public policy.
R. Allen (Al) Angell
of Dallas, Texas, recently retired from his position as owner of Angell Financial Group representing Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. From its inception in 1975, Angell Financial Group provided financial security products and services including life insurance, disability income, and investments and had become one of the largest network offices in Northwestern Mutual Life Investment products were marketed through The Frank Russell Company, a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual. In addition to his service as a member of the Board of Trustees of Yorktown University, Al is president of Constituent Voice, a new division of National Write Your Congressman whose board he serves on. He also serves on the board of Free Market Foundation and on an advisory committee for a Young Life chapter in South Dallas. He is also involved in planting a church, private school, and recreation center for South Dallas Ministries. Al Angell earned the AB degree from Harvard University in 1963.
W. Lee Gaines, Jr.
is President of Gaines & Company of Reisterstown, Maryland with an office in Raleigh, NC. A solid professional with more than thirty years in the construction business. Gaines & Co was selected as the Home Builders Association of Maryland’s Contractor of the Year in 2004. The company is also listed by Engineering News Record as a top ten utility contractor in the nation. Lee’s credentials are representative of the accomplishments of the Trustees with whom he serves. He is a past president and board member of the Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland, as well as a long-time board member of the National Utility Contractors Association. He has received both of the AUC’s most prestigious awards, the “Ditchdigger of the Year” and the Founders Award. A graduate of Yale University, Lee takes an active role in education. He was for eight years trustee of Boys’ Latin School a school that has educated Maryland’s leaders for one hundred and sixty years, and also a past trustee of Gilman School, founded in Maryland in 1897 as the first American country day school. Still an active tennis player, Lee is “retired” from coaching AAU girls basketball and others of his four children’s recreational teams. One of Lee’s sons attends Colorado State University.
H. Kent Mergler
is a 1963 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with Honors, and an MBA with a Finance Major in 1964. While he was a student at U.C, he was a Graduate Instructor in Finance. He also has served as a member of the Business College’s Corporate Advisory Board and was a member of both the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of Pine Crest Preparatory in Fort Lauderdale. Kent is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Investment Counselor. He is Chairman, CEO and a Portfolio Manager at Northstar Capital Management, an Investment Counsel in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Before founding Northstar Capital Management, Kent was a Managing Partner of Loomis, Sayles and Company, President of Stein, Roe and Farnham, and has been in the money management business for over 40 years. He has been active on numerous community and financial industry boards and church committees in Cincinnati, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Stuart, Florida over the past decades and is a member of the Club for Growth.
is Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, an educational organization providing economic and political leadership training for future leaders of Colorado. He is an opinion columnist for The Northern Colorado Courier and is Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education. The Board of Education is responsible for the general supervision of the public schools. Bob is Principal of Liberty Common's new High School in Ft. Collins. Liberty Common is a charter school that offers a Core Knowledge curriculum.
Bob's service as a public executive includes his appointment by Governor Bill Owens to serve as Commissioner of the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission and in 2005 he was elected Colorado's Republican National Committeeman. Bob Schaffer was first elected to Congress in November, 1996 and served from 1997 until early 2003 representing Colorado's Fourth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. His predecessors representing that District were Wayne Allard and Hank Brown.
Bob Schaffer's career in the U.S. House of Representatives included election as president of the 1996 class, a post to which he was elected by his newly elected colleagues in the House of Representatives. Bob served on three House Committees; Agriculture, Resources and the Education and the Workforce. Of Ukrainian descent, Bob is an advocate for Ukraine and was a co-chair of the Ukraine Caucus. He was a member of the GOP Theme Team, the "one-minute conservative debate squad" seen nearly every morning on C-SPAN from the House floor. In addition, he was an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a group of approximately sixty conservative House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Prior to election to Congress, he served nine years in the Colorado State Senate, where he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Bob voluntarily resigned his Congressional seat to honor a Term Limit pledge he made. Bob Schaffer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton majoring in Political Science.
Todd J. Zywicki
is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law and Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. Professor Zywicki also received an M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and an A.B. cum Laude with high honors in his major from Dartmouth College.
Professor Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law. Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He served as the Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review from 2001-02.
Professor Zywicki is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bill of Rights Institute, the Governing Board and the Advisory Council for the Financial Services Research Program at George Washington University School of Business, the Executive Committee for the Federalist Society’s Financial Institutions and E-Commerce Practice Group, the Advisory Council of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Program Advisory Board of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment. From 2005-2009 he served as an elected Alumni Trustee of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees.
is a coalition builder who graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School of Philadelphia in 1963. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1966 and the J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1970. Mr. Guzzardi is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and a businessman who works constantly to enlist support for Israel and to hold Pennsylvania state legislators to a low tax diet. His passionate desire to reform the Pennsylvania legislature is represented in support for Republicans and Democrats. In addition to his service as a Trustee of Yorktown University Bob Guzzardi serves on the Middle East Forum and Zionist Organization of America.
is a native of Anaheim, California and is now committed to the East Coast where he lives in New York City with his wife Kim. Steve Warshawsky is a graduate of Princeton University (1990) where he majored in politics and wrote his senior thesis on the development of democracy in ancient Athens. He then earned a M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1992 and taught American history, government, and economics at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1992 to 1994. He continues that interest in historical and political subjects by publishing articles and opinion essays in AmericanThinker.com, AmericanSpectator.org, RealClearPolitics.com, and other news and opinion websites. Some recent essays he has published are “Reclaiming Higher Education From The Left,” “Bringing Conservatism Back to the American People,” “Jack Kemp’s White Guilt” and “Atheists, Conservatives, and Christianity.”
After teaching at Montgomery Bell Academy, Steve Warshawsky earned a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997. He clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for Maryland and currently practices law from offices in the Empire State building in New York City.
Lewis G. (Lew) Pringle, Ph.D. earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvard, a Masters in Business from MIT, and a doctorate at MIT with specialization in statistics and operations research. Choosing to go into "business" was unusual for Ph.D. statisticians, but Pringle felt that business offered greater economic and personal satisfaction than the traditional course followed by newly-minted PhDs, so he accepted a position as Associate Director of Research in 1968 at BBDO, a large New York advertising agency.
At BBDO, Dr. Pringle was first given responsibility for quantitative methods and then for all research conducted by the agency, on behalf of clients and otherwise, outside the New York Company. In addition, he became responsible for BBDO’s Marketing Department, Information Center as well as the training of young account executives within the agency. Then, in 1978, Lew was named Director of Research Services for all of BBDO Worldwide. He was elected Senior Vice President and member of the BBDO Worldwide Board of Directors (1978) and then Executive Vice President (1981). Even as Director, Dr. Pringle was able to participate personally in the improvement of the company’s techniques as well as in the creation of marketing and advertising strategy. BBDO, during this period, devoted substantial resources to research, employed between 100 and 200 professionals in this function and had documented credentials as the very best in research and strategy formulation.
In 1984, after six years as BBDO Worldwide’s Director of Research Services, Lew left that position to work with the Chairman/CEO and COO of BBDO Worldwide, to help them formulate a plan for the global future of the company. The task was a highly practical one; to answer the question "what organizational, structural and professional changes were needed in BBDO Worldwide to permit it to optimally address the rapidly evolving needs of its clients on a global scale?" In April of 1986, Dr. Pringle was named Chairman/CEO of BBDO Europe and, from his base in the U.K., assumed responsibility for BBDO’s interests in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. At the time, the agency’s Capitalized Sales were $550,000,000. During his four years tenure in this position, those sales tripled to over $1,600,000,000, while profit grew at about the same rate. Pringle regarded his biggest challenge in Europe as the integration of BBDO agencies, market by market, into an organization culturally and professionally committed to serving multinational clients in cross-border marketing and advertising efforts. Pringle numbers among his accomplishments that, during the era of glasnost, he brought BBDO to the Soviet Union, where it became a pioneer in the integration of modern Russia with the rest of the developed world.
In 1995, Dr. Pringle accepted a Chaired Professorship at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In that capacity, he taught, several times, the Capstone Course in Marketing Strategy as well as several courses in Market Research. Dr. Pringle also served six years as member of the Visiting Committee of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, as Associate Editor of Marketing Science for 15 years and has published a number of times in that journal as well as in such journals as the Journal of Marketing Research and the Harvard Business Review. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Advertising as well as a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
R. Jay Scheideman
is President and CFO of AFS Funding Corp. in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mr. Scheideman is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Financial Executive Institute, Mr. Scheideman began his financial career in 1978 with Ernst & Young as an auditor. He joined Wm. Rigg Companies in 1981 as Controller, rising to Executive Vice-President and CFO at its parent company before moving to the AFS/IBEX division. Currently, he is active in the American Society of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs where he has been a trustee of the Insurance Trust for members of the Texas Society. He also has served on the Finance Committee for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas and Trinity Valley School, as precinct chairman for the Tarrant County Republican Party, and as president of his congregation. Mr. Scheideman presently serves as a director of First Command Bank and as chairman of its audit committee.
Jay Scheideman earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, with a major in accounting and a minor in economics and religion. He has been an in-demand speaker at insurance industry mergers and acquisitions seminars. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys golf, bird hunting,and racquetball. Jay has been enthusiastically involved in activities of the Tarrant County Jail Ministry and the TCU School of Business Alumni Association Council, as well.
Terrence McGarty, Ph.D.
Dr. Terrence "Terry" McGarty earned his Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1971. His doctoral thesis was in the area of optical and image processing, focusing also on medical imaging. In 1975 he left MIT and he went to Washington and spent time at COMSAT with three other MIT faculty members. He remained there until 1980. At COMSAT he became an Assistant Vice President of the Equipment Integration Group, where he supported the first connection of the ARPA Net to satellites, developed the first VSAT, and worked for various government agencies.
In 1980 Dr. McGarty left COMSAT and joined Warner Cable and became a Group President in charge of the first two way cable system providing telephony and full motion video on demand on cable. Dr. McGarty and his team developed the first practical technology for the deployment and operations of packetized video in 1982. In 1986 he joined NYNEX first as head of R&D and then became Senior Vice President and COO of the NYNEX cellular company responsible for the first development and deployment of CDMA.
In 1992 Dr McGarty re-joined Telmarc, an investment and advisory company he had earlier founded, and became involved in multiple start up opportunities in telecommunications. He financed and ran a CLEC, an international VOIP company, and international fiber company located in Prague, and an optical communications company in Israel
Terry has focused on a broad set of industries from cable, to satellite, wireless, and even health care software and medical imaging. Terry has published extensively in a broad set of areas as well as having written several books. Terry McGarty brings to Yorktown University a perspective of an entrepreneur who has built companies in over twenty countries.