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Headshot_Dr.StanfordDr. John D. Stanford is a dedicated public servant with over 20 years of public education, nonprofit, and public policy service. Fifteen of those years are in service to the staff, students, and families of Ohio's largest school district. Columbus City Schools is nearly 50,000 students with over 9,000 employees and a $1.5 billion budget. During his tenure, he oversaw the implementation of the District's enterprise resource planning deployment, the creation, and launch of a central enrollment center, the execution of a strategic plan, the creation and application of a third-grade reading program, and revision of the Board's policy manual.

As the Interim Superintendent, he provided leadership for the improvement of third-grade reading scores, gains in the District's state Report Card, increased the graduation rate to 82.1 percent and 81.3 percent, respectively, elimination of a forecasted budget deficit, development and initiation of a district-wide "Safer Together Day" after the Parkland, Florida tragedy. His most recent district assignments focused on supporting the Superintendent's strategic efforts to oversee the academic and business operations of the District by leading or co-leading the District's new Dual Language Immersion Steering Committee, the 2020-2021 school year COVID 19 Reopening Task Force, and coordination of COVID-19 vaccination clinics and communication in collaboration with public health partners at the local and state-level, the 2021-2022 school year COVID 19 Reopening 2.0 Work Group, completion of three collective bargaining agreement negotiations, completion of multiple collective bargaining MOUs related to the COVID 19 pandemic, and revision of the District's Facilities Master Plan.

Before rejoining Columbus City Schools in 2011, Dr. Stanford was the Executive Assistant for Education to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. During his time at the state level, he led the development of the Governor's education reform plan, which became law and won the award for the nation's top education reform law by the Education Commission of the States. Dr. Stanford also managed the Governor's education policy and budget portfolio while monitoring the implementation of education policies, programs, and budgets across various state agencies.

His career also includes service in higher education as an Assistant Professor and faculty member at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and as an Adjunct Professor with the John Glenn College and the university's College of Education and Human Ecology. He left the University to join the Ohio School Boards Association. While at the Ohio School Boards Association, he served as the Deputy Director of Research Services, the Urban Commission's Staff Coordinator, the Director of the Education Information Center, and the Deputy Director of Legislative Services.

Dr. Stanford is a 2015 recipient of the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region Exemplary School Employee award and a 2009 Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence award recipient from the Ohio University's College of Education. He served on The Ohio State University's Harding Hospital Board. And, he is the founding president of the 100 Black Men of Central Ohio and an alumnus of Leadership Columbus.

Dr. Stanford earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Central Michigan University and his Juris Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Stanford and his wife Robin are the proud parents of an adult daughter, Nia.