John Gardner

By | April 24, 2020

John W. Gardner is Miriam and Peter Haas Centenial Professor of Public Service at Stanford University. Since 1991, he has worked with staff at the American Institutes for Research to measure community in various institutional settings. A former president of the Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Mr. Gardner was Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (1965-68), chairman of the National Urban Coalition (1968-70), founding chairman of the Common Cause (1970-77), and co-founder and Chairman of National Civic League.
A graduate of Stanford (A.B.) and the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D. in psychology), Mr. Gardner was a captain in the Marine Corps assigned to the Office of Strategic Service during World War II and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Air Force. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Shell Oil, New York Telephone and Company, American Airlines, Time, Inc., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Stanford University. He is the author of Self-Renewal (Rev. Ed., 1981), Excellence (Rev. Ed., 1984) and On Leadership (1990).