Matthew G. Springer is an assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and director of the National Center on Performance Incentives. Professor Springer’s research interests involve educational policy issues, with a particular focus on the impact of policy on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes.
His current research includes studies of the impact of performance-based incentives on student achievement and teacher turnover, mobility, and quality; the impact of educator evaluation systems on educator outcomes; and the strategic resource allocation decision-making of schools in response to school accountability programs.
Professor Springer previously served as principal investigator for the Project on Incentives in Teaching (POINT) experiment in Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN), the Team Performance Incentives (TPI) experiment in Round Rock (TX), and Director of Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation, and Development.
Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Professor Springer was a teacher and administrator at a boarding school in upstate New York. He holds a B.A. in psychology and education with honors from Denison University and a Ph.D. in education finance and policy from Vanderbilt University.
Hal Cato is currently the chief executive officer of Thistle Farms. Hal has spent his career transitioning between the private and nonprofit sectors. He started Hands on Nashville, led the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and served as CEO of the Oasis Center for ten years before launching his technology startup Zeumo.
Susan S. Lanigan served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, at Dollar General Corporation for more than 11 years. She is an active member of the Nashville civic community and serves in a variety of leadership positions, including: Member, Dollar General Literary Foundation; Board of Nashville Public Radio; Member, Executive Committee, Board of Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross; Member, Board of Metropolitan Nashville Chamber of Commerce; and Member, Board of Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Her service work extends beyond the Volunteer State and includes her roles as Member, Board of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Member, RILA General Counsel Committee and Retail Litigation Center; Member and former Chairman, Board of University of Georgia Graduate School Advancement; and Member, National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board.
Ms. Lanigan is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and also received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She continues to root for the Bulldogs and resides in Middle Tennessee.