Strategic Compensation Awareness

2011 Regional Conference
May 5-6, 2011

James Guthrie, Ph.D.

James Guthrie, Ph.D.

James W. Guthrie, the first appointed senior fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, guides the research and implementation of programs to achieve the Bush Institute’s goal of excellence in American education by working to improve the leadership capacity of America’s school principals and strengthen schools to keep students on the path toward college and career readiness.

Guthrie holds a concurrent position as a professor of education policy and leadership at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.

Previously a professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 27 years, Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and doctorate from Stanford University, and undertook postdoctoral study in public finance at Harvard. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford Brookes College, Oxford, England, and the Irving R. Melbo Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California.

Theodore Hershberg, Ph.D.

Theodore Hershberg, Ph.D.

Theodore Hershberg is Professor of Public Policy and History and Director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1967. He served as Assistant to the Mayor (Philadelphia) for Strategic Planning and Policy Development during a leave from Penn. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American history from Stanford University and studied sociology at Columbia University as a Social Science Research Council Fellow. In his long career at Penn, Prof. Hershberg has had three major research interests: education reform, regional cooperation and urban-industrial transformation.

His interest in human capital development led to an applied examination of public education. Following four years of work with a consortium of 31 public school districts that he organized to work collaboratively on standards-based reform, Prof. Hershberg founded Operation Public Education in 2000 to develop a new set of rules and incentives to govern K-12. OPE is now introducing its model for comprehensive school reform to education stakeholders across the nation.

Matthew G. Springer, Ph.D.

Matthew G. Springer, Ph.D.

Matthew G. Springer serves as a Fellow in Education Policy at The George W. Bush Institute. As a Fellow, Springer will contribute to the Bush Institute’s goal of excellence in American education by working to improve the leadership capacity of America’s school principals and strengthen schools to keep students on the path toward college and career readiness. Springer, director of the federally-funded National Center on Performance Incentives, is an assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Springer’s research interests involve educational policy issues, with a particular focus on the impact of policy on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes.

Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Springer was a teacher and administrator at a boarding school in upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and psychology from Denison University and a Ph.D. in education finance and policy from Vanderbilt University.

Stephen D. Dackin

Stephen D. Dackin

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent in January 2008, Mr. Dackin served for two-and-a-half years as assistant superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools. He was principal of Reynoldsburg High School from 1995 to 2000, and held posts at the Ohio Department of Education and as an administrator in Westerville City Schools from 2000 to 2005.

Mr. Dackin is currently pursuing a doctorate in education administration from Ohio University.

William C. Pepple

William C. Pepple

Mr. Pepple has assisted boards of education in over 300 contract negotiations with both teaching and non-teaching employee bargaining units for more than 25 years. He has also worked extensively in grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice defense, representation elections, teacher terminations, public school litigation, and general school law representation.

After completing his military commitment, Mr. Pepple worked as a high school mathematics and economics teacher in the Hardin-Northern and Nordonia Hills City School Districts. In addition, he served for nearly three years as a Central Office Administrator and Assistant Treasurer of the Shaker Heights City School District.

Mr. Pepple entered Bowling Green State University where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1971. While on active duty, he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation from The University of Akron School of Law, Mr. Pepple began practicing exclusively in the area of public school law.

Robert Sommers, Ph.D.

Robert Sommers, Ph.D.

Robert Sommers comes to the Governor’s Office with more 25 years of experience in education. Over the course of his career, Sommers has developed a proven track record of success in developing innovative programs that prepare students for academic and career challenges. As the Chief Executive Officer of Butler Tech in Hamilton, Sommers helped propel the school from the 41st-ranked career center in the state in overall student performance to first.

Sommers received his Ph. D. in Research and Leadership from The Ohio State University. He also has earned a Masters in Agricultural Education from Ohio State and received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Claire Robertson-Kraft

Claire Robertson-Kraft

Claire is the Associate Director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a double major in urban studies and philosophy. Prior to joining CGP's team, Claire worked with Teach for America in Houston, first as a third grade teacher and then as a supervisor for corps members teaching in elementary and special education placements. Claire Robertson-Kraft is a second year Ph.D. student in education policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include teacher quality and effectiveness, and more specifically, teacher retention, compensation reform, and professional development. Claire holds a B.A. in urban studies and philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

James Mahoney, Ph.D.

James Mahoney, Ph.D.

Since 2001, Dr. Jim Mahoney has served as the Executive Director of Battelle for Kids, a national, not-for-profit organization that provides strategic counsel and solutions to address complex educational-improvement challenges.

Dr. Mahoney has more than 35 years of experience in roles, including superintendent for 15 years, principal, teacher, professor and author. He has also served as President of the Buckeye Association for School Administrators.