James L. Hager, Ph.D.
Senior Strategy Advisor
Dr. Jim Hager began his teaching career in 1964 as a science teacher in an all-girls boarding school. He quickly progressed through the administrative chairs as principal, Director of Secondary Education, Deputy Superintendent, and twenty years as a Superintendent of Schools. Following his successful tenure as a school superintendent he spent seven years as a Professor-in-Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership. Jim Co-Directed the Center for Education Policy Studies and the Superintendents’ Institutes. He also coordinated the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program. His areas of expertise included policy, politics, and governance, organizational development, school improvement, the principalship, and the superintendency. Currently, in addition to position with Acceleration Academies, Jim holds an appointment to the Graduate Faculty at the University of Washington and teaches in graduate classes at the University of Washington|Tacoma. Prior to joining Acceleration Academies, Jim has served as an Academic Advisor to Hobsons|Naviance and has held executive positions in a number of private sector companies.
Jim was honored in 2004 by receiving a number of prestigious awards for his leadership as Superintendent. He was named State Superintendent of the Year by both the Nevada State Superintendent’s and the Nevada School Board's Associations. He was one of four finalists for AASA's National Superintendent of the Year and was named Plato Learning Corporation's Educator of the Year. He also received various local leadership awards including Educator of the Year by the Reno Chapter of the NAACP. Jim has been named to many boards and committees. Two of note is an appointment by former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn to the Juvenile Justice Commission and the second by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve on a Western Regional Advisory Committee on technology. In 2007 he was inducted into the Nevada Education Hall of Fame for his state leadership in education.
Dr. Hager received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Science from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas; a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas; and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.