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Russell Quaglia

President/Founder, Quaglia Insitute for Student Aspirations
Portland, Maine
Dr. Russell J. Quaglia is the president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. He is a pioneer in the field of education and has been described by national news media as America's foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations. Dr. Quaglia’s innovative work in student aspirations is evidenced by his authorship and leadership of the My Voice suite of surveys and associated professional development products.
As a dynamic speaker, Dr. Quaglia travels extensively presenting research-based information on student aspirations and engagement to audiences around the world. His research and insights on education are published frequently in professional journals and popular magazines, and he has written numerous books. Dr. Quaglia has also made several national and international television and radio appearances.
Dr. Quaglia earned his bachelor's degree at Assumption College, a master of arts degree in economics from Boston College, and master of education and doctorate degrees from Columbia University, specializing in the area of organizational theory and behavior. He has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in humanitarian services for his dedication to students. Dr. Quaglia’s work has also led him to serve on several national committees, reflecting his passion for ensuring that students’ voices are always heard, honored, and acted upon. 
In addition to leading the Quaglia Institute, Dr. Quaglia is the Chief Academic Officer of the Student Engagement Trust, a nonprofit organization based in the United Kingdom.  He also founded and currently chairs the Aspirations Academy Trust, an organization set to open a number of Aspirations Academies, based on Dr. Quaglia’s aspirations philosophy, in the London area.
Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his devotion to helping students achieve their aspirations, Dr. Quaglia established the Q-Bean Coffee company. Q-Bean Coffee roasts and distributes the best eco-friendly coffee on the planet while providing a convenient way to make a difference — all profits serve to fund educational organizations that support children and their dreams.