Jim O’Brien, president of the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education, received the 2013 McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) at the CASB Regional meeting on Sept. 25. The award honors outstanding school board members for their committed and passionate service to students, schools and communities.
“Jim O’Brien is truly committed to the success of all 52,000 students in the Cherry Creek School District,” said fellow board member and past board president, Jennifer Churchfield. “He is also an advocate for public education across the state.”
O’Brien accepted the award on behalf of all five members of the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education. Board members are unpaid volunteers who spend countless hours studying complex issues such as student achievement and school finance, working with lawmakers and educational experts, meeting with district administrators, teachers, parents and students, and attending school and district events. They are responsible for the academic success of 52,000 students, as well as the efficient management of a district with 7,500 full and part-time employees.
O’Brien is serving his second term on the Board of Education. He is also a CASB Region 5 board member and has served on the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Board of Directors. A seasoned business executive, O’Brien has more than 25 years of experience in developing, managing, and leading for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the cable telecommunications and education fields. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Xavier University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He also served in the United States Army.
The McGuffey Award is named after William McGuffey, an American professor and college president who wrote the McGuffey Readers, one of the nation’s first and most widely-used series of textbooks.