Dr. Pond, Education Practice Partner at Top Gun Ventures, has been a mission-driven educator and leader for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, Wallace has been a senior leader in higher education, holding both campus and system level positions overseeing single and multi-campus and online institutions of higher education in the US and internationally. He has served as chancellor, president, COO, CAO (Chief Academic Officer), CEO, and trustee, bringing exceptional value as a strategic-servant leader through extensive experience and acumen in strategic planning, change management, organizational design and development, P&L, human capital development, innovation, new programs, and deep operational expertise among other areas of impact.
Wallace began his career as a high school teacher and adjunct professor, and spent six years in the elementary and secondary classroom working primarily with at-risk youth. He was also a public school administrator and spent another six years as a full time professor and administrator in the not-for-profit higher education sector, working in both on campus and online education, bringing education to underserved students. Additionally, Wallace has over 15 years of executive, private sector experience, creating a unique and powerful combination of mission-driven and business focused leadership and insights.
Dr. Pond has lived, worked, and studied in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has presented nationally and internationally and is the author of numerous articles and the books, The Lights Are On, Is Anybody Home? Education in America and Leadership in the Real World: Hard Won Lessons from Twenty Years as a Chief Executive in Turbulent Times.
Wallace, a licensed pilot, has a BA in Spanish, an M.Ed in Human Services and Human Resource Education, and a Ph.D. in Education.
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