Donald R. McAdams, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman, Center for Reform of School Systems
Donald R. McAdams is the founder and chairman of Center for Reform of School Systems. From 1990 to 2002, Dr. McAdams served as a member of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education, a tenure that included two terms as board president. Among the changes he helped institute in the school district during that time were the implementation of school accountability, district decentralization, the establishment of charter schools, the outsourcing of most HISD business functions to private contractors, more flexible personnel management policies, an academic core curriculum for high school students, a new elementary school reading curriculum, promotion standards, and other improvements in education and management.

In 2002, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige appointed Dr. McAdams to the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and in 2003, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed him to a select committee charged with preparing legislative proposals for a new public school finance system for Texas. McAdams has served as a member of the National Commission on Governance, Education Commission of the States, the Educational Leadership Advisory Council of the Wallace-Readers Digest Funds, and as a consultant to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

Dr. McAdams has been a research professor at the University of Houston; president of McAdams, Faillace & Associates Inc., a corporation that provided complete design, consulting, and training support for the implementation of quality management in healthcare and education; executive vice president at the American Productivity & Quality Center; president of the Texas Independent College Fund; and, from 1975 to 1984, president of Southwestern Adventist College. He was also an associate professor of history and acting chairman of the department of history at Andrews University.

Dr. McAdams holds a Ph.D. in European History from Duke University. He has written numerous articles in academic journals and is the author of Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools . . . and Winning! Lessons from Houston and What School Boards Can Do: Reform Governance for Urban Schools.