About Jim

Educator with a Vision


  • Wake County Board of Education member since 2011
  • Two children; graduates of the Wake County Public Schools
  • Resident of Wake County since 1994
  • Professor of Chemistry, NC State University
  • Award winning teacher and researcher
  • Proven leadership in governance, policy, strategic planning
    • Chair, WCPSS Policy Committee
    • Parliamentarian of the UNC-System Faculty Assembly
    • Past-Chair of the NC State Faculty

Passionate Educator

  • Creative in the laboratory, dynamic in the classroom
  • Engaged with all levels of education, inspiring young learners, challenging university undergraduates, mentoring graduate students
  • Leads professional development for high school chemistry teachers building creativity and critical thinking into classroom instruction
  • Tireless champion for comprehensive education in the arts, humanities, languages and sciences

Committed to Public Education

  • Working to restore the professionalism of the teaching profession
  • Advocate for fiscal responsibility and effective resourcing of all Wake County Public Schools
  • Understands strong Schools are an investment for the future of our Community
  • Dedicated to strong academic and vocational/technical education


  • Youth and Adult Sunday School Teacher, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Contributor to national workshops on science and education:
    • Implementing Effective Evaluation of Teaching
    • Improving Undergraduate Science Teaching
    • Preparing Chemists and Chemical Engineers for a Global Workforce
    • Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century: National Security and Homeland Defense
    • Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century: Materials and Manufacturing
    • Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences-Issues for the 21st Century


  • Sailing (Just converted to Solar Electric auxiliary power!)
  • Social and Competitive Ballroom Dancing


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