Stephen H. Balch, PhD
Director, The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University
Stephen Balch previously served for twenty-five years as founding president and chairman of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a Princeton, New Jersey based organization of higher education professionals dedicated to the traditional principles of liberal arts education.
During his years at the NAS, Balch worked to encourage universities and colleges across America to develop new academic programming dealing with Western civilization, “the Great Books”, and the study of free institutions. He also played a major role in the founding of a variety of other academic organizations devoted to enriching scholarship and public discussion of higher education issues. In 2007, his work was honored by the National Humanities Medal, bestowed by President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony.
Balch holds a PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Between 1974 and 1987, he served on the faculty of the Government and Public Administration Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York. In 2009, he received the Jeane Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award. Balch has written on higher education issues for a variety of publications and co-authored The Vanishing West: 1964-2010, a report that documents the decline of the study of Western civilization in America's universities.