It is with sadness that the Organization Development Network announces the passing of Fred Nader on Friday, November 7th, 2014. He received the Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award on October 27th, 2014 at the Network’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
Fred Nader was a long time contributor to and supporter of the values, principles, and practices of Organization Development (OD). He was President Emeritus of NTL Institute (www.ntl.org), serving twice, between 1987-1991, and then from 2010-2012. He was also a founding director of The Lewin Center (www.lewincenter.org), committed to furthering the legacy of Kurt Lewin through social change and action research.
Mr. Nader’s consulting engagements included advising the admirals and generals who were closing both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center and creating a new, merged entity. His other consulting clients included McNeil Consumer Products (Tylenol), Citibank, R.R. Donnelley, Glaxo Inc (now GlaxoSmithKline), and Quintiles Transnational. He was a leadership coach, speaker and frequent presenter.
In addition, Mr. Nader served in various high level capacities in organizations throughout the United States including Vice President, American Management Systems, Inc; Director of Small Business Development Program for the Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire; Director of Statewide employment programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He long aligned himself with the causes of social justice and education, working tirelessly to progress the rights of juveniles in the justice system of New Hampshire and across the United States as Director of Operations, Office of Juvenile Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. In addition he was an Adjunct Professor at The American University, Washington, DC.
Mr. Nader authored and served as editor of several publications and research papers in the field of Applied Behavioral Science. He was lead editor for The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science special issue on “Achieving Breaththrough Performance.” He also wrote “Change Management, the Necessity for a Coherent Process and Methodology,” and numerous papers on large scale change. His writings led to numerous keynote speaker engagements, including the Asia OD Network Summit in Nanjing, China in 2011.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree from Boston University. He was also selected as the Simon Gutman Fellow at the Boston University Human Relations Center under the tutelage of Ken Benne.