David Hardy, Jr. is the chief executive officer of Lorain City Schools. In this capacity, he assumes the responsibilities of the Superintendent and the school board in pursuit of turning around one of the lowest performing school districts in the state of Ohio. Previously, David was the deputy superintendent of academics for St. Louis Public Schools. He was charged with the mission-critical task of setting and meeting academic standards, which resulted in St. Louis Public Schools receiving full accreditation for the first time since 2000.
Prior to his role as deputy superintendent of academics, he spent a year as a School Systems Leadership Fellow in the School District of Philadelphia as the Chief Academic Support Officer. David also served as the executive director of regional achievement in Camden/Burlington, New Jersey after being the founding principal of Achievement First Middle School in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics as a scholar-athlete from Colgate University. He has also earned his master’s degree in Urban Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University and will complete his doctorate from Columbia University in 2018.