Board of Directors
Established in 1998, BASIS School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation whose operations are governed by a Board of Directors. In July 2010, Dr. Craig Barrett, the retired Chairman of the Board at Intel Corporation, was named the Chairman of the BASIS School, Inc. (BSI) Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees all operations of the corporation including the operations of its charter schools.
The Board of Directors of BASIS School, Inc. appoints the members of School Boards for the charter schools. These School Boards are the governing body for each school. In accordance with ARS §15.183, the School Board/governing body is responsible for school policy and a number of specific tasks enumerated in ARS § 15.183.
Craig R. Barrett, Ph.D.
President and Chairman
Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. In 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009, following 35 years of service to the company.
Dr. Barrett received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England.
Dr. Barrett chairs Achieve, Inc., Change The Equation (a national science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] initiative), the Governor’s Arizona Ready Education Council and Dossia. He is vice chair of Science Foundation Arizona, and is a member of the Board of Directors of K12 Inc., Society for Science and the Public, the Arizona Commerce Authority Board, and a faculty member of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Barrett has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement, the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board.
Michael K. Block, Ph.D.
Michael K. Block is the co-founder of the BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Tucson schools and is the Co-CEO of BASIS Educational Group, an educational management organization for BASIS Schools Inc. Prior to his involvement with BASIS, Dr. Block was a Professor of Economics, Professor of Law and Director of the Office of Economic Education at the University of Arizona. Dr. Block also held positions as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Fife Symington’s office, a Commissioner for the United States Sentencing Commission, and the Director of the Center for Economic Studies of the Justice System at the Hoover Institution. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Securities Division, and the Office of the State Attorney General’s Antitrust Division, among others. Throughout his career, he has published over 30 works. Dr. Block received his BA, MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Clint Bolick, J.D.
Clint Bolick serves as the director of the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. The Goldwater Institute's Center for Constitutional Litigation is the first of its kind and a new avenue for free-market organizations to advance freedom in the states. A legal pioneer in a number of areas, Mr. Bolick is perhaps best known for his leadership in defending state-based school choice programs. He has argued and won significant cases in both state and federal courts, winning school choice victories in the Supreme Courts of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris before the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Goldwater Institute, Mr. Bolick was a co-founder and former vice president of the Institute for Justice and former president and general counsel of the Alliance for School Choice. Mr. Bolick is the author of several books including, Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle Over School Choice and Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government & the Erosion of Liberty. His most recent, award winning book, David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary, released in April, 2007 was chosen for the June 2007 Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty.
Donald V. Budinger
Don Budinger is one of the founders and the former President of Rodel, Inc. - a garage start up that grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics.
When Rodel was sold in 1999, a significant portion of the proceeds was contributed to create The Rodel Foundations. The purpose of the Rodel Foundations is to improve the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education systems in Delaware and Arizona so that they will be widely recognized as two of the best in the nation.
Currently, Mr. Budinger is Chairman and Founding Director of the Rodel Foundations, Chairman and Founding Director of Science Foundation Arizona, Board Member and Founding Chairman of the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Board Member of Tucson Values Teachers, The Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the O’Connor House Advisory Group.
John Morton serves as Treasurer of the BASIS Schools Board of Directors. He is the founder and former president of the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Previously, he taught high school economics in Illinois and was the founder and director of the Governors State University Center for Economic Education. He was vice president for program development for the National Council on Economic Education and chaired the advisory board of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. Mr. Morton has written over 40 publications and books of instructional activities for high school economics courses, including four widely used textbooks. He was greatly involved in establishing economics as an Advanced Placement® course and served three years on the College Board task force to develop the AP® Economics curriculum and a subsequent four years on the test development committee. Mr. Morton is also the author of the widely used supplemental package for the AP® Economics course, Advanced Placement® Economics. He received his BS from Miami University (Ohio) and his MA from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and did post-MA work at the University of Chicago.
Terry Sarvas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BS in accounting. He has been providing services in corporate compliance, taxation, accounting, financial consulting and litigation support since 1980. Prior to founding Sarvas King & Coleman, P.C., Mr. Sarvas spent six years with the office of the Arizona Attorney General. He has extensive experience with closely-held businesses, public companies, corporate compliance and ethics programs, attorney trust funds, bankruptcy/receivership, commercial litigation, including litigation in health care, insurance loss, and RICO, environmental litigation, forensic accounting, fraud audits, governmental accounting and budgeting, and school finance.
As an active participant in the business community, Mr. Sarvas is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Sarvas is also a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Away from the office, he is a member of the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research, the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims and the Arizona Economic Forum.
Steve Twist, J.D.
Steve Twist is an adjunct professor at the ASU College of Law where he teaches crime victim’s rights law; he also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Services Group of America (SGA), the largest privately held company in Arizona. Prior to joining SGA, he was Assistant General Counsel for Viad Corp in Phoenix, had his own private practice of law and served as the Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona.
He is a founder of the Goldwater Institute, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, and the Arizona Economic Forum. He served as a member of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, also serving as its President, and the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission, both gubernatorial appointments. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for BASIS Schools, he served on the board of e-cademie, a school operated by the Goodwill of Central Arizona and the Board of the Arizona Charter School Association. Mr. Twist is the author of the Arizona Victims' Bill of Rights constitutional amendment which the Arizona voters adopted in 1990 and is co-author of Victims in Criminal Procedure, 3d Ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2010), a textbook in crime victim’s rights law.