Chief Executive Officer | Dr. Jeff Graham

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Dr. Graham began his career in education as a Physics teacher at Highland and Wadsworth high schools from 1993 to 1999 before moving on to administrative roles serving as assistant principal of Medina High School from 1999 to 2001, and then principal of Medina High School from 2001 to 2003. He has served as superintendent of Woodridge Local Schools from 2003 to 2010, superintendent of Parma City Schools from 2010 to 2015, superintendent of Lorain City Schools from 2015 to 2018, regional superintendent of 15 schools in the "Best Practices" portfolio for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and superintendent of the Canton City Schools since June 2019. 

Dr. Graham's collaborative leadership style has helped recreate school districts by bringing people together to pass levies, build critical community partnerships, expand wraparound services, improve communication and engagement, and increase opportunities for students to achieve. His commitment to transparency and open communication can be seen through his regularly scheduled listening sessions with various student groups, staff luncheons, parent forums, and open dialogue sessions throughout the community.

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Treasurer | Tia Kearney

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Tia Kearney is a proud member of the Titan family. Since joining the Lorain City Schools District in July of 2016, she has worked in several different capacities in the areas of human resources and finance.  She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. As district Treasurer, Tia is committed to providing the highest level of fiscal integrity in management and reporting to our students, parents, partners and the community.

Executive Director of Operations | Jeff Hawks

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Jeff Hawks has worked in the Lorain City School District for more than 30 years in many different capacities. In his current role as Executive Director of Operations, he is dedicated to creating school environments in which scholars can thrive. Hawks continues to work to transform the way we think about operating, allocating resources and achieving educational equity throughout the organization. Hawks grew up in Lakewood, earned his B.A. from the University of Phoenix and taught Building Trades and Criminal Justice at Lorain High School and Admiral King High School for 10 years. He was then appointed Assistant Principal at Admiral King High School, later serving as Director of Public Safety for the district before moving to Lorain’s Department of Operations in 2006.
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