Board Member

Patrick J. Wolf

Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Endowed Chair in School Choice, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

Patrick J. Wolf, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Endowed Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He received his doctorate in Government from Harvard University in 1995 and previously taught at Columbia and Georgetown. Wolf mainly leads or assists with rigorous longitudinal evaluations of private school voucher programs. Research projects he has led or co-led have been awarded 35 research grants and contracts totaling nearly $23 million. He has co-authored or co-edited four books and nearly 200 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and policy reports on school choice, charter schools, public finance, public management, special education and civic values. His research has garnered numerous awards including the Best Article Award of the Academy of Management, Division on Public and Nonprofit Management, the Significant Research Award of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, and the Best Research Award of the World Research Council. In 2016 he was named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Faculty Members at the University of Arkansas. Wolf has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress five times and before committees of state legislatures 23 times. Education Week consistently ranks him among the most influential education policy academics. Most of his school choice research is available directly or via links at

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