Dr. Felice Kaufmann, who conducted the only longitudinal study on U.S. Presidential Scholars ever conceived, is a pioneer in the field of gifted education.
After earning a master’s degree from Columbia Teachers College, Kaufmann studied with the legendary creativity expert E. Paul Torrance at the University of Georgia, where she wrote her dissertation on the first five classes of Presidential Scholars (1964-68).
She has continued that longitudinal study throughout her career, as well as serving as ”housemother” during National Recognition Week in the 1970s. Kaufmann has been a teacher and counselor of gifted children; a professor at Auburn University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Kentucky; a keynote speaker across North America, Europe, and Australia; and a member of the boards of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and the Association for the Gifted. She gave two presentations--one of them by popular demand!--at the 50th Anniversary Summit of alumni in Washington, DC, in 2014.