Dr. Richard Brecht has been Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland since its founding in 2003.
Having received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in Slavic Languages and Literatures, he is professor of Russian at the University of Maryland. Dr. Brecht has been a principal in the founding and development of numerous national organizations and projects, including:
- American Councils for International Education/ACTR-ACCELS, where he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees
- The Language Flagship Group, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to extend The Language Flagship model across the nation’s education system
- LangNet, a major online learning objects system
- The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
- The National Foreign Language Center, where he was director from 1999 to 2003
Dr. Brecht also served on the original Group of Advisors to the National Security Education Program, advised on the original proposal for the National Language Service Corps, and took a leading role in the National Language Conference of 2004. Dr. Brecht serves on the Boards of Visitors of the Defense Language Institute and CIA University; the Board of Directors of the American Council of Teachers of Russian, the Language Flagship Group; and, the National Boards of Advisors of USED’s National Language Resource Centers for African, Heritage, and National Middle East Languages.
Dr. Brecht has made hundreds of presentations and authored and edited numerous books and articles on language policy, second language acquisition, and Slavic and Russian linguistics.