After taking the helm at Special Olympics in 1996, Timothy P. Shriver launched the organization's most ambitious growth agenda, leading to the recruitment of more than two million new athletes around the world. He has worked with the leaders of China, Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iraq to initiate a thriving Special Olympics Program in those countries. Shriver has also created new Special Olympics initiatives in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education and family support. Among them, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® has become the world's largest public health screening and education program for people with intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics Get Into It®, together with Unified Sports®, promotes inclusion and acceptance around the world. In addition, he has worked to garner more legislative attention and government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community.
Before joining Special Olympics, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He has worked in substance abuse prevention, violence, dropout prevention and teen pregnancy prevention. He created the New Haven Public Schools' Social Development Project, now considered the leading school-based prevention effort in the United States, and co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the United States in the field of social and emotional learning. Shriver currently chairs CASEL.
Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master's degree in religion and religious education from Catholic University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut.