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James E. NevelsJAMES E. NEVELS, who is leading the most comprehensive urban school reform effort in the nation, has made a major contribution to establish the Nevels-Fitts Scholars Program. The scholarship will provide merit and need-based financial aid to students.

The new financial aid program is named in honor of Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts, who has led the Law School since 2000.

Nevels has been chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission since 2001. Since then, test scores have improved appreciably in the worst performing districts. Concurrently, he served as interim CEO of the school district from December 2001 to July 2002.

Apart from his public service, Nevels is chairman and founder of The Swarthmore Group, an asset management firm that is one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the country. The firm, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, manages nearly $2 billion in equity and fixed income assets.

Nevels was appointed by President Bush, in April 2005, as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tasty Baking Company and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Among his other civic involvements, Nevels is an overseer of Penn Law School and a member of the board of Berea College and Saint Joseph’s University. He also is a member of the Board of Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Visitors at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management and of the Advisory Board of the Baiada Center at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Previously he was a trustee at his alma mater, Bucknell University, and a member of the Board of Control for the Chester-Upland School District.
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