Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Web Bixby ’82 recently announced the appointment of David Hardy, superintendent of academics for St. Louis Public Schools, to the board. Hardy’s first meeting as a board member took place on Friday.

“We are confident that David will be an excellent addition to the board and we are pleased to have him join our college community.” Bixby said. “His diverse experience in the areas of primary and secondary education and the insight he has gained will be of great value to the board.”

Hardy has more than a decade of experience in teaching and administration, as well as in the realms of educational leadership and curriculum and professional development.

Hardy is the leader of the St. Louis Public School district’s academic vision, along with the driver for the overall direction of the district as determined by the superintendent. He is responsible for leading 75 school facilities in an effort to improve academic and behavioral outcomes at each site. He also provides leadership to those directly responsible for the support of those schools, as well as twelve additional district offices with the main task of helping these schools achieve stronger academic outcomes for all children.

“It’s an absolute honor to become a member of this board with such esteemed colleagues who care so deeply about Columbia College, higher education and really making sure that our young people have a future that they can depend on because of the education they receive,” Hardy said. “I really hope to add to the conversation of what is the next step for Columbia College, provide some insight on innovation and give some perspective on K-12 education.”

Before coming to St. Louis, Hardy served as the chief of academic support for the School District of Philadelphia. An alumnus of Teach for America, Hardy has also served as the executive director of regional achievement for the New Jersey Department of Education and was the founding principal of Achievement First East New York Middle School in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Hardy earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Education Administration from St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida) and a master’s degree in Urban Education Leadership from the Teachers College, Columbia University (New York City). His doctorate in Urban Education Leadership from the Teachers College, Columbia University will be confirmed by the end of 2017.