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Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected for 3-year terms, and may serve multiple terms.


Jeffrey Abramson

Rockville, Maryland

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Partner in The Tower Companies, a family-owned, award-winning real estate development company in the Washington DC area committed to principles of socially responsible and environmentally sensitive commercial, residential, and retail development • Builder of the first US Green Building Council/LEED-certified rental apartments

Doctorate of World Peace, Maharishi European Research University


Tom Stanley

Fairfield, Iowa

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees

An international administrator of the Global Country of World Peace since 2005, with responsibility from 2005 to 2007 for 8 states in the mountain and southwest US, and since 2007 for overseeing activities in countries including Ireland, Iceland, Mongolia, the Kingdom of Bhutan • A resident of Fairfield since 1975, active in community service and affairs, on boards ranging from Habitat for Humanity, to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, to the recently established Jefferson County Community Forum, and as an at-large Councilman for the City of Fairfield

Doctorate in Supreme Political Science, Maharishi University of World Peace

Maureen M. Wynne

Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Attorney • An Administrator of the Global Country of World Peace with responsibility for implementing consciousness-based programs around the world • Secretary and Board member of Global Country of World Peace, organizations that share common goals with the University • Former Dean of Faculty, Maharishi International University • Former City Attorney of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

BA, Art and Journalism, Trinity University • JD, University of Texas School of Law • PhD, Law, Maharishi European Research University


John Hagelin

Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

President of Maharishi International University and Honorary Chair of the Board of Trustees

Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, and Professor of Physics, Maharishi International University • An international administrator of the Global Country of World Peace, responsible for overseeing the expansion of Consciousness-Based programs in the United States • International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace • President, David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace • Minister of Science and Technology, Global Country of World Peace

BA, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College • MA, PhD, Harvard University • Doctorate of World Peace, Maharishi University of World Peace


Bevan Morris

Fairfield, Iowa

President Emeritus of Maharishi International University
Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Maharishi International University

Prime Minister, Global Country of World Peace • Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment • Chair of the Board of Directors, Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation (USA) • Member of the Board of Directors, Maharishi Global Development Fund

BA, MA, Psychology and Philosophy, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (England) • MSCI, DSCI, Maharishi European Research University

Vincent Argiro

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Entrepreneur • Former Chief Technology Officer, and former member of the board of directors of Vital Images, Inc.

BA, Biology, Yale University • PhD, Neural Sciences, Washington University


Rogers Badgett

Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

Entrepreneur • Founder of The Raj Hotel and Health Spa • An international administrator of the Global Country of World Peace, responsible for overseeing the expansion of Consciousness-Based programs in Australia, Estonia, Barbados, Morocco, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, and Mauritania • Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City • As an entrepreneur, he was involved with his family’s acquisition of the Boston Red Sox, enlarging the Port of Dubai UAE Harbor, operating large coal mining operations as President of Venture • Coal Corporation, managing oil explorations, and managing large investment portfolios

Doctorate of Supreme Political Science, Maharishi University of World Peace

Rena Boone

Silver Spring, Maryland

Consciousness-Based Education Professional • Regional Director for the David Lynch Foundation, Washington, DC • Executive Director of the Meditation Center at Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus, Washington, DC • Former Director of Quiet Time, Ideal Academy Public Charter School, Washington, DC, 2010-2018 • Former award-winning teacher at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, 1980-2007

BA, Social Sciences, San Jose State University • Postgraduate year to obtain elementary and middle school teaching credential from the State of California, San Jose State University

Sue Brown

Fairfield, Iowa

Faculty Trustee • Associate Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi International University • Board Member of International Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education • Member of MIU Press Editorial Board • Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Maharishi School, Melbourne, Australia • Former Co-Rector of Maharishi Vedic University, Cambodia

BA Literature and Music, University of Melbourne, Australia • MA in Higher Education Administration, Maharishi International University • PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi International University

Bruce Currivan

Los Altos, California

Retired as Distinguished Engineer, Communication Systems at Broadcom • 40 years of experience in technology development, including the first commercial Global Positioning System receiver • Author of many technical papers, book chapters and over 140 patents • Served as Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.14 Physical Layer Subgroup and contributed to international cable modem standards

BS, Electrical Engineering, Cornell University • MSE, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University • Doctorate of Maharishi Vedic Science and Technologies, Maharishi European Research University



Diane Davis

Fairfield, Iowa

Homemaker and artist • In-depth study of Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi Ayurveda and Vedic Approach to Health, in Fairfield, Iowa, Switzerland, Spain and Vlodrop, Holland

BA Art, DePauw University • MA Foundations of Education, Maharishi International University

Jim Davis

Fairfield, Iowa

Senior Vice President, Event Photography Group, 2007 to present • Founder and Senior Vice President Chappell Studio and Marathon Foto, 1974 to 2007 when company sold to Event Photography Group • Member of the Board of Directors, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment • Member of the Board of Directors of African PTSD Relief Corporation

BA American Studies, University of Kansas • MS Education, Philosophical Foundations and Higher Education Administration, University of Kansas

Martin Davy

Auckland, New Zealand

Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program in New Zealand

BA, Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi International University

Susan Levin Dillbeck

Champaign, Illinois and Vlodrop, Netherlands

International Professor of Education, Maharishi International University • President, International Foundation of Consciousness-Based Education • Former International Vice President, Maharishi International University • Worked under Maharishi’s guidance in Consciousness-Based education from 1971 to 2008

BA, Fine Arts, University of Illinois • MA, PhD, Education, University of California at Berkeley • Doctorate of World Peace, Maharishi University of World Peace

Michael Dimick

Boise, Idaho 

Businessman • BSCI, Maharishi European Research University • MBA, Maharishi International University

Barbara B. Dreier

Fairfield, Iowa

Administrator of the Global Country of World Peace with responsibility for implementing consciousness-based programs for women around the world, primarily in education, health, and culture

AB, Biology, Radcliffe and Harvard Colleges • MFA, Yale School of Art • Doctorate of Supreme Political Science, Maharishi University of World Peace

Tom Factor

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

An international administrator of the Global Country of World Peace, responsible for overseeing the expansion of Consciousness-Based programs around the world • President, GVP, Inc. siting and executive development of 30 utility wind farms currently in operation • Co-Director Transcendental Meditation Center of Jackson Hole, Wyoming • Past director of National TM Public Awareness Campaigns • Past Director, Energy and Environment Division of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy

BFA California Institute of the Arts

Josephine B. Fauerso

San Antonio, Texas

Vice President of Amber Waves Music • Partner in Blanco Ventures • Writer on education and travel and active in historic preservation through her family’s museum and historic home in Texas

BS, Education, University of California at Berkeley • MEd, Maharishi International University

Blake S. Fogel

Venice Beach, CA

Entrepreneur and Real Estate Developer • Founder and President of Fogel Real Estate Corporation and Fogel Development LLC • Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, a global association of leading entrepreneurs • Co-creator, President Emeritus and member of the Board, Open Temple, Venice Beach • Prior to the formation of Fogel Real Estate, Mr. Fogel was Vice President at Westwood Financial Corporation, and prior to that, Mr. Fogel was a leasing agent at Centers Business Management, an affiliate of La Mancha Development

Metaphysical Studies, University of Arizona • Associate Degree, Sound Engineering and Directing, Los Angeles Film School

Lorenza Garghetti

Milan, Italy

Pediatrician and Neonatologist • Co-director of Maharishi Ayurveda in Italy and member of the Board of Directors of Maharishi Colleges for Perfect Health for the Global Country of World Peace • Co-director of Ayurveda Maharishi Salute e Prevenzione Center (AMSEP), Milan, Italy • Former Co-director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Medical Doctors Course in Italy

MD, Medicine and Surgery, Pediatrics and Neonatology, University of Milan Italy • Postgraduate work in intensive care for high risk premature newborns, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan

W. Scott Gould

Bethesda, MD

CEO of Mountain Lake Associates, LLC, a technology enabled medical services firm • Senior Advisor with the Boston Consulting Group • Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for strategy, resources and management infrastructure • Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government • 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves

AB, Cornell University, Philosophy • MBA, University of Rochester • EdD, University of Rochester, Education, Administration and Finance

Doug Greenfield

Fairfield Iowa and Vero Beach, Florida

Entrepreneur and developer • President, Greenfield Properties • Founding partner of Danaher Oil Company, the largest refined products oil brokerage firm serving the Midwest United States • Founding President of Maharishi Global Construction, a consulting and architectural design firm, which oversaw the application of Maharishi Vedic Architecture in North America

Two years of technical training in Building Construction principles, application and management, Alfred State University, New York • BSCI, Maharishi European Research University

Michael Heinrich

Mountain View, CA

Entrepreneur • Founder and CEO of Oh My Green, affordable concierge-style kitchen management with tasty, nutritious foods and catering for such companies as Google and Lyft • Oh My Green is a recipient of venture capital funds and incubator funds from Ycombinator, Stanford StartX, and Grand Central Tech • Bridgewater Associates, Westport, CT, hedge fund management • Bain and Company, management consulting • Microsoft and Sap, technology product management

BA and BS in Political Economy, Cognitive Science, and Business, UC Berkeley • Postgraduate Researcher, Harvard Business School • Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Harvard University • MS, Management Science, Stanford University • DFJ Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow, Stanford University

Scott Herriott

Fairfield, Iowa

Provost and Professor of Business Administration, Maharishi International University • Author of 12 scientific papers on economics, organization, and business strategy and three text books: College Algebra Through Functions and Models (Cengage, 2005), Feasibility Analysis for Sustainable Technologies: An Engineering-Economic Approach (Business Expert Press, 2015), and Metrics for Sustainable Business: Measures and Standards for the Assessment of Organizations (Routledge, 2016) • Former Dean of the College of Business Administration, Maharishi International University • Former member of the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, Illinois • Former business faculty member, University of Texas at Austin and University of Iowa 1984-1990

BA, Mathematics, Dartmouth College • MA, Educational Administration • PhD, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Nakisha Hobbs

Chicago, Illinois

Fourth-generation educator • Co-founder and Director of the Village Leadership Academy, Chicago. A kindergarten through 8th-grade school with 700 students, whose focus is ‘to transform urban youth into global leaders,’ and incorporates the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique • Creator and co-facilitator of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy’s Summer Education Workshop: Advancing Racial Justice in Schools, University of Illinois at Chicago • Associate director, Office of Early Childhood Development, Illinois Department of Human Services

BA, Education, University of Illinois at Chicago • MA, Early Childhood Education, Roosevelt University • Doctorate of Education, Honoris Causa, Maharishi International University

Carolyn Gaylord King

Fairfield, Iowa

Senior Researcher, Maharishi International University Research Institute • Professor, Department of Physiology and Health, Maharishi International University • Conducted the first federally funded research projects involving the TM technique and is actively involved in research on the effects of TM on health

BA, Sociology, Southern Arkansas University • MA, PhD, Psychology, University of Michigan

Steve Langerud

Grinnell, IA

Workplace culture consultant • CEO, Mayflower Community • Senior leadership roles at Grinnell College, University of Iowa, DePauw University, and, most recently, at Maharishi International University as deputy director of global development, acting dean of admissions, and senior adviser to the university

BA, Psychology with teaching certification • MA, Education, University of Northern Iowa

Toby Lieb

Fairfield, Iowa

Founding Member of the School Board of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Washington, DC

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Ed Malloy

Fairfield, Iowa

Former Mayor, (2002-2020) Fairfield, Iowa and named one of the 15 Greenest Mayors in North America, MSN.com, 2008 • Chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees • President and Partner, Danaher Oil Company, Fairfield, Iowa • Founder and present board member, Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association

BA, Psychology, Ricker College


Ted McLaughlin

Fairfield, Iowa

Businessman and private investor • Worked in positions of financial management for more than 20 years and is currently a trader and private investor • Formerly Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Books Are Fun, Ltd., a leading display marketer of premium books and gifts in North America • Formerly Chief Financial Officer of United Fuels International, Inc. and its affiliated United  • Companies • Formerly Controller at Informix Software, Inc.

BA, Accounting, University of Dayton

Kwesi Orgle

Marietta, Georgia
Accra, Ghana

Deputy Minister of Religion and Culture, Global Country of World Peace • Executive Director, Institute for Excellence in Africa • Board member of Global Projects for Peace and Maharishi Foundations of Ghana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone • Served as a director of the Forestry Commission of Ghana and worked with a variety of NGOs including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Fearless Planet Inc. and the World Federation of Traditional Kings in Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Zambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia • Former President of Ghana Association for the Conservation of Nature.

BSc (Hons) Botany with Zoology, University of Ghana • PhD, Tropical Forest Ecology, University of Aberdeen, UK • Certificate in Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands • Postgraduate certificates: Strategic Environmental Assessment, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Modernizing Human Resource Management, Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, UK

Neil Paterson

Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Minister of Administration, Global Country of World Peace • Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program, its advanced techniques, and the TM-Sidhi Program for over 40 years • Senior Administrator of the Global Transcendental Meditation Organization from 1982-2002

DSCI, Maharishi European Research University • PhD, Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi Vedic University

Eric Schwartz

Fairfield, Iowa

Founder and CEO, Cambridge Investment Research • Five-time winner of Investment Advisor magazine’s coveted “Broker Dealer of the Year” award (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012) • Featured in the cover stories of numerous major industry publications • Member of the founding Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Financial Services Institute (FSI), a membership association dedicated to serving the interests of independent Broker/Dealers and financial advisers

BA, Education, Amherst College • MA, Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts

Ram Shrivastava

New Delhi, India

Director of Marketing, Maharishi Ayurveda Products Pvt. Ltd. • Strategist for Maharishi Ayurveda Programs in India and abroad

BBA, Business Administration, Apeejay Institute of Management • MBA, Sustainable Business, Maharishi International University


Keith Wallace

Fairfield, Iowa

Founding President, Maharishi International University • Professor of Physiology, Director of Research (International), Maharishi International University • Pioneer in the neurophysiology of higher states of consciousness, his groundbreaking research on the physiology of meditation opened the door for its scientific study and application in the field of behavioral medicine

BS, Physics and PhD, Physiology, University of California at Los Angeles • Post Doctorate, Harvard Medical School • Doctorate of World Peace, Maharishi University of World Peace

Laura Wege (Née Niță)

Vero Beach, Florida

Former Deputy Director of the Trade Register Iasi, Romania • Former Legal Counselor for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iași, Romania

BA and Law Degree from “Lucian Blaga” University, Sibiu, Romania • MS in Psychology, Maharishi International University, Outstanding Student Award • LLM, Master of Laws in International Law, Merit Scholar, University of Miami • Doctor of World Peace, Honoris Causa, Maharishi International University

Yingwu (Andy) Zhong

Beijing, China

Entrepreneur • Co-founder and CEO of both FunPlus and KingsGroup, two leading global game companies with operations in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Andy’s mission is ‘connecting people to break limits’ by creating amazing interactive entertainment that players love • Founder of FunPlus Phoenix, the 2019 League of Legends world championship esports team • Pioneer investor in digital interactive entertainment including games, live streaming, VR content, esports and other innovative game related companies • Former engineering director and lead product manager at RockYou • Former research engineer at Bell Laboratories

BS, Computer Science, Dalian University of Technology, China • MS, Computer Science, Maharishi International University • Doctorate of Computer Science, Honoris Causa, Maharishi International University