James B. Johnston, Ed.D. Chairman & CEO Dr. Johnston is the founder and architect of SAGE Scholars, Inc. A visionary leader in the field of higher education, he works closely with the leaders of private collegiate institutions to make their values-oriented educational programs more available and more affordable to families and their children. He developed the college savings plan Tuition Rewards in partnership with the member institutions and benefit providers. Dr. Johnston began his career in education as a professor in the business department at Spring Garden College and became the first dean of its Business Management Division. He then became Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania where he served for four years. In 1976, he founded Educational Advisory Services, International, an educational consulting firm, the predecessor to SAGE. During this time, he served as Secretary of the Fund for Pennsylvania’s State Commission of Higher Education. Dr. Johnston received his B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University, his M.B.A. and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on several boards of philanthropic and educational institutions. He chaired the first of two national conferences on 529 plans.