David James to speak Feb. 3

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

This will be James’ third state of schools speech before the Press Club.

The Akron School Board named James to succeed Sylvester Small in February 2008. James officially to took the helm of Ohio’s fifth-largest school district in August 2008. During his time as superintendent, James has led the district through budget cutbacks and layoffs, the school building program and the opening of the STEM school.

James joined the Akron schools in 1992. He is a 1980 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland. James received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 1997.

In 2007 he received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Education. James is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Akron program. He lives in Akron with his wife. His two children attend Akron Public Schools.

Future Press Club speakers include Summit County Executive Russ Pry on Feb. 18 and Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna in the spring. Check the Press Club’s web page, www.akronpressclub.org, for updates.


Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com