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Lewis C. Solmon
We are saddened to report that Lewis C. Solmon passed away in December 2007. Dr. Solmon was President of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), a public charity focusing on improving teacher quality in America, and senior advisor and member of the Board of Trustees of the Milken Family Foundation. From 1997 to 2005, he served as Senior Vice President, then Executive Vice President, Education at the Milken Family Foundation. He was the founding president of the Milken Institute from 1991 to 1997, which he built into a nationally recognized economics think tank.

From 1985 - 1991, Dr. Solmon was dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Dr. Solmon has advised several governors and state superintendents in the area of teacher quality, funding school technology, and school finance. He was also a member of Governor Jeb Bush's education transition team in 2002-2003.

Dr. Solmon served, on the boards of the Center for Education Reform and the National Council on Teacher Quality, and was a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Assistance Corp. Dr. Solmon also served on the boards of trustees of four independent schools in the Los Angeles area and of BASIS charter schools in Tucson and Scottsdale, AZ. He served on the faculties of UCLA, CUNY, and Purdue University.

Dr. Solmon published over thirty books and monographs and more than 75 articles in scholarly and professional journals. He directed studies of satisfaction of charter school parents in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia as well as a study of test score gains of Arizona charter school students compared to traditional public school students. He appeared regularly on the opinion editorial pages of national and local news dailies. Dr. Solmon has testified before legislative committees in many states, and before subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and Appropriations Committees. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1968, both in economics.