Sean holds an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, an A.B. and M.B.A. from Boston College and an M.S. from Boston University.
In 2004, Sean was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award by Boston College's Carroll Graduate School of Management. He was the year 2000 honoree of the Boston College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (the national honor society for students of management). He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Dowling College in New York as well as a University Excellence Award by Boston College for his work with the University's Irish Institute.
Sean has been engaged with education for the past 30 years as an executive, consultant, board member and author. He has authored, edited or co-edited some 20 books or articles including Managing the Facilities Portfolio, The Learning Revolution, The Future Compatible Campus and Reinventing Higher Education. He serves or has served as a director or trustee of a number of organizations and was a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council for 14 years between 1982 and 1996.
Prior to joining JA Worldwide, Sean was General Manager of IBM's Global Education Industry until 2006 when he retired after 12 years with the Company to pursue a Masters in Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining IBM in 1994, he had a 14-year career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a consultant, partner and chairman of the firm's education and non-profit practice.
Sean C. Rush is President and CEO of JA Worldwide, the largest NGO providing economic development support through work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education to young people throughout the world. The organization reached 9.8 million students in over 120 countries on six continents in 2009.