Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James has been named the winner of Leadership Akron's 2019 Lieberth Community Vision Award.
“David James has made significant impact on the Akron Public School system, breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for success for students of all ages,” Leadership Akron President Barry Dunaway said in a prepared statement. “... He exemplifies community-centered leadership, which puts aside individual agendas and always looks at opportunities, challenges and issues through the lens of the entire community. “
James, the 22nd chief executive of the Akron school system, oversees about 20,000 students, 3,000 employees and operations of more than 40 school buildings. He also is managing the largest building renovation and consolidation project in the district's history.
He also is heading the dual-degree program allowing students to take both high school and college courses and receiving both a diploma and a two-year college degree upon graduation from high school. Most recently, the district, under James' leadership, partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to create the I Promise School targeting at-risk students.
David James received his bachelor's degree in economics and his master’s degree from Cleveland State University in public administration. He is the 2017 recipient of both the Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and the Glass Half Full Award from the GAR Foundation.
He has served as the president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and is a graduate of Leadership Akron Signature Class 24, and the 2007 recipient of the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award in Education.
James will receive his award during the Lieberth Community Vision Award Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at the John S. Knight Center. The first Lieberth Community Vision Award was named for and presented to David Lieberth, a founder of Leadership Akron.