Welcoming NABCE Members: Jeff Sessions, Michael Maibach, Fred Broad

May 10, 2024

The Ashbrook Center’s National Advisory Board on Civic Education (NABCE) is pleased to announce three new members—Jeff Sessions, former U.S. Senator and Attorney General, Michael Maibach, retired business executive and now a distinguished advocate for civic education, and Fred Broad, educational philanthropist and senior executive in the packaging industry.

Jeff Sessions, former U.S. Attorney General and Senator from Alabama, brings experience in public service and law to the Board. His tenure in government was marked by a staunch defense of the rule of law and a deep respect for the constitutional framework of the United States. Senator Sessions’ expertise and dedication to America’s Founding principles will further the Ashbrook Center’s efforts in addressing the deepening crisis in civic education.

Michael Maibach, a seasoned professional in both the public and private sectors, adds a unique perspective to the Board. His experience as a nationally-known defender of essential features of our constitutional order such as federalism and the electoral college, combined with his role in founding the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, positions him to be a key asset in advancing the mission of the Ashbrook Center. As a graduate of Ashbrook’s Master of Arts in American History and Government program, Michael also brings an insider’s perspective to the Board.

Fred Broad, former owner of Packaging Specialists and now a senior advisor with Packaging Corporation of America, brings to the Board the strategic thinking of a successful business executive and decades of close involvement with higher education, both as a philanthropist and a board member of Ashland University, where he recently co-chaired the successful $100 million Campaign for Every Individual. Fred currently sits on the Board of Governors at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he and his wife Anne split their time between Pittsburgh and Juno Beach, Florida. Fred and Anne are proud supporters of the Ashbrook Center, including Ashbrook’s outreach in teaching the principles of economics and free enterprise that have enabled America to flourish. 

The  National Advisory Board on Civic Education plays a critical role in furthering Ashbrook’s mission to strengthen constitutional self-government by educating our fellow Americans—students, teachers, and citizens—in the history and Founding principles of our country and the habits of reflection and choice necessary to perpetuate our republic.

The addition of Senator Jeff Sessions, Michael Maibach, and Fred Broad brings the total number of active Board members to twelve:

  • Chairman Pete Peterson, Dean of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University
  • Founding Chairman David Davenport, research fellow emeritus at the Hoover Institution and former President of Pepperdine University
  • Fred Broad,  entrepreneur and trustee of the Ashland University Board of Trustees
  • Michael Gleba, Chairman/CEO, Treasurer, and Trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation
  • John Hillen, business executive, James C. Wheat Chair in Leadership at Hampden-Sydney College, and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State
  • Mark Chapin Johnson, entrepreneur and Trustee Professor at Chapman University
  • Michael Maibach, Senior Fellow at Save Our States, philanthropist, and former business executive
  • Wilfred McClay, professor of History at Hillsdale College
  • Bob Oster, philanthropist and former Chief Financial Officer of Oracle Corporation
  • Vivek Ramaswamy, founder of Roivant Sciences and Strive Asset Management, best-selling author, and former presidential candidate
  • Jeff Sessions, former U.S. Attorney General and Senator from Alabama
  • Elise Westhoff, former CEO and President of Philanthropy Roundtable

Emeritus Members

  • Bill Amos
  • Ken Starr

We extend a hearty welcome to Senator Jeff Sessions, Michael Maibach, and Fred Broad and are grateful for their willingness to help further the Ashbrook Center’s important work in the freedom business.