Graduate School USA Leadership

Graduate School USA | Leadership Team

Graduate School USA Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Since 1921, federal, local and state government and some of our nation’s most respected organizations have entrusted Graduate School USA (GSUSA) to train and develop their employees to become their biggest assets. 

From 176 students in eight courses to now more than 250 courses and thousands of students worldwide each year, one thing has remained the same – GSUSA’s commitment to our customers’ success.

Take a moment to learn more information about the Graduate School USA leadership team.

Graduate School USA is governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from senior positions in government, business, and academia.

Merle D. Pierson, Ph.D., Chair
Senior Fellow, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

John R. Block
Senior Policy Advisor, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

J.R. Clark
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (U.S.) LLP

Linda McCullar Eaglefeather, Ph.D. 
Private Sector
Former Director of Leadership and Education, Internal Revenue Service

Michael Lambert
Former Executive Director, Distance Education and Training Council

Warren Master
Managing Editor, Good Governance Worldwide
President & Editor-at-Large, The Public Manager

Connie Newman
Special Counsel for African Affairs, Carmen Group, Inc.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Special Recognition - Selected 1 of 20 of the All-time Greatest Feds

Jack Maykoski
President and CEO


Jack Maykoski holds the position of President and CEO at Graduate School USA. Previously, he served as Vice President for Training and Program Management with oversight for leadership development and government training services, contract administration, and customer service. With more than thirty years in the fields of professional development and training, and international development, Mr. Maykoski has extensive experience leading results-oriented capacity-building programs and providing technical assistance in many regions of the world. He has served on a number of boards and is currently President of the International Consortium for Government Financial Management.

Prior to his career with Graduate School USA, Mr. Maykoski worked for the U.S. Peace Corps in several capacities: as Country Director for three countries; as Chief of Operations in Washington, DC; and as a training director supporting Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world.

Mr. Maykoski holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

Robert Kies
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Kies

Over a span of more than 30 years in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, Bob has held positions of progressive responsibility in administration, budgeting, and accounting. Before entering the financial world, he served in the United States Army and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute. Bob graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College with a B.S. in Business.

James Green, J.D.
General Counsel

Jim Green

James Green serves as General Counsel of Graduate School USA. Mr. Green retired from the federal government in 2007 with over 37 years as an attorney and executive, having served at the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and, most recently, with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). At OPM, he was responsible for legal analysis, litigation, and policy integration involving federal human resource programs affecting over nine million federal employees, retirees, and dependents. He became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1986.

Mr. Green was named first career Deputy General Counsel in the history of OPM, where he frequently acted as General Counsel. He received the SES Meritorious Rank Award from President Bush in 2005. He earned a B.S. degree (cum laude) from Boston University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

Kim Price-Harwood
Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service


Kim Price-Harwood serves as Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service for Graduate School USA. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic vision, direction and implementation of the core external interactions that help drive organizational success. This includes articulating the vision in tangible ways that translate into actionable activities in the areas of Marketing and Communications and Customer Service, including visibility and brand recognition, customer satisfaction and enhancing the customer experience.

Prior to joining Graduate School USA, Kim was a member of the senior strategic communications team at LeapFrog Solutions. She has also held senior marketing positions at companies such as Verizon Federal Markets and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from American University and a Master of Science degree in Marketing Management from University of Maryland University College.

Beth Stoops 
Vice President, Curriculum Products and Services


Beth Stoops is Graduate School USA’s Vice President of Curriculum Products and Services. She has more than 25 years of proven experience in strategic planning, organizational development, leading high-performing global teams, and profit and loss management. Ms. Stoops has specifically led and/or co-led the design of certificate programs, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as non-degree solutions and continuing education offerings in collaboration with university partners, professional services organizations, and corporate partners. She has experience in designing and teaching in multiple modalities: online, blended, and face-to-face. Ms. Stoops earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Bowling Green State University and her Master of Arts degree at the University of Arizona.

Paula E. Waters
Director, Human Capital Management

Paula E. Waters

Paula E. Waters serves as Director, Human Capital Management for Graduate School USA. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the human capital area to help drive people success within the organization Her focus is on recruitment, employee relations, performance management, benefits, policy development, professional development training and compliance. She has more than 20 years in human capital management.

Prior to joining Graduate School USA, Paula held various human capital leadership roles in leading Fortune 500 companies, including Hershey Foods, Johnson & Johnson and Merck Pharmaceuticals as well as supporting Educational Testing Service, nonprofit and for-profit organizations for the government and IT consultant industries. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Human Organization Science from Villanova University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).