David N. Plank
David Plank was the executive director of PACE for 11 years and now serves as a senior advisor to PACE. Before joining PACE, he was a professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. Plank is the author or editor of six books, including the AERA Handbook of Education Policy Research. He has published widely in a number of fields, including economics of education, history of education, and educational policy. His interests include the role of the state in education and the relationship between academic research and public policy. In addition to his work in the U.S., Plank has extensive international experience. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.