Public Agenda
David Mathews Board Member

David Mathews is president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the administration of President Ford. Between 1969 and 1980, he was president of The University of Alabama.

At Kettering, Dr. Mathews has steered the foundation's research toward studying the role of the public in our political system. Nonpartisan and nonpolitical, Kettering's research focuses on how to make democracy work as it should.

Dr. Mathews has written widely on such subjects as Southern history, public policy, and international problem solving. His most recent books are Reclaiming Public Education by Reclaiming Our Democracy, Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?, and Politics for People.

He serves on the board of a variety of organizations, including the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute.