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Jim Garrison
b11.jpgJim Garrison became president and chairman of Wisdom University on February 2, 2005. Dr. Garrison is also founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA, which set the stage for the establishment in 1995 of the State of the World Forum, a San Francisco based non-profit institution created to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to creating a more sustainable global civilization. With President Gorbachev as its convening chairman, the Forum brings leaders from around the world and representing a spectrum of disciplines to its annual and regional conferences, and has catalyzed the creation of several independent organizations.

Dr. Garrison was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. After returning to the US, he began college at Pepperdine University (1969-70), attended the University of Tel Aviv in 1972, and received a B.A. magna cum laude in World History from Santa Clara University (1973). He then received a double M.T.S. in Christology and History of Religion from Harvard Divinity School (1975), and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University (1982).

Dr. Garrison published his first book in 1980, The Plutonium Culture (SCM). This was followed by The Darkness of God: Theology After Hiroshima (SCM/1982); The Russian Threat: Myths and Realities (Gateway Books/ 1983); The New Diplomats (Resurgence Press/1984); Civilization and the Transformation of Power (Paraview Press/2000); and America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power? (Barrett Koehler/2004). Garrison is also active in Mosaic Networks, a business development company of which he is a founding partner.

Jim Hickman

Jim Hickman spent 30 years (1972-2002) developing economic, professional and cultural relations between the United States and the countries within the former Soviet bloc. Recently, he has been developing innovative projects in several countries in Latin America. Hickman has 15 years experience in the financial development of small businesses and start-up companies both in the US and overseas. He spent the 1990’s as a telecommunications executive, co-founding the Russian long-distance company, Rustel, in 1992 and serving as its President from 1992-1997. From 1989-1992, Hickman was CEO of AJ Ventures, Inc., a US company that established commercial enterprises in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. In 1993, as Vice President of the Gorbachev Foundation, he worked with President Gorbachev (and Jim Garrison) on the Foundation’s international programs. Hickman served as the Director of Programs and Business Affairs for State of the World Forum from 2000-2004 before joining the Forum’s Board of Directors. He co-founded, with Jim Garrison, Mosaic Networks in 2003 as a business consulting firm and oversees its telecommunications contract with Polarnet Project Holdings which is installing an undersea cable system beneath the Arctic Circle that will link Europe, Asia, and North America. Hickman serves on the Executive Committee of the Citizen Democracy Corps, promoting and developing enterprises and NGO’s in emerging and transitional economies. He has a special interest in socially responsible investments and is a member of the Social Venture Network. Hickman wrote the Harper-Collins book, Your Y2K Personal Protection Plan, a citizens’ guide to home and business preparedness for large-scale infrastructure and service breakdowns due to natural or human-made disasters. As a certified instructor from the Institute of HeartMath, he is skilled in teaching emotional preparedness tools for emergency and high-stress situations. Hickman has written numerous articles for such publications as the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Moscow Times, and Inc., Magazine. He is currently writing a book on the water crisis in the United States. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Caroline Myss
Caroline Myss, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness. With degrees in journalism, theology, intuition and energy medicine, she has worked since 1982 as a medical intuitive - one who "sees" illnesses in a patient's body by intuitive means.

She is the founder and director of the Caroline Myss Education Institute (CMED), which offers two programs running three courses per year on Sacred Contracts and Mysticism and draws students from nineteen nations as well as from across the United States. Dr. Myss is also co-founder, director and teacher of The Language of Intuition Program; and co-founder and director of The Institute for the Science of Medical Intuition. She is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing; Why People Don't Heal and How They Can; Sacred Contracts; Invisible Acts of Power and her most recent,
Entering the Castle.

Dr. Myss is dedicated to creating educational programs in the field of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and advancing the science of medical intuition. Additionally, she maintains a rigorous workshop and lecture schedule internationally, having taught in thirty-five countries, and continues a consultation practice as a medical intuitive with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other health practitioners.

Mark B. Ryan

Mark Ryan serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Wisdom University.  Between 1975 and 1996, he was on the faculty of Yale University; for over twenty of those years, he served as Dean of Jonathan Edwards College, one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges, eventually becoming Senior Residential College Dean.  At Yale, he taught American Studies and history, and was involved in many aspects of university administration, particularly related to curriculum, teaching and learning, and student life.  In 1997, he assumed the post of Titular IV Professor of International Relations and History at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.  He taught there for ten years, also serving as Dean of the Colleges, Master of José Gaos College, and Coordinator of the Master’s degree program in United States Studies. 

Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale (1974), an M.Phil. from Yale (1971), an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1968), and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of St. Thomas (1966). His writings include A Collegiate Way of Living (Yale University, 2001), which treats of educational aspects of academic community life, and articles on higher education, as well as studies of transpersonal thought.  Dr. Ryan is a certified Holotropic Breathworker and for fourteen years served on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University.  Currently he is president of the Jonathan Edwards Trust at Yale and board vice-president of the Julia C. Hester House in Houston.  He lives in Cholula, Mexico.



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