Littlejohn resigns board seat to accept national post
Dayton Board of Education member Gail Littlejohn, J.D., announced at the Oct. 16 board meeting that she will resign her board seat to continue to pursue her passion for school reform at the national level. Her resignation is effective Oct. 31, 2007.
Littlejohn has been named vice president of program development for the Houston-based Center for Reform of School Systems; the center’s founder and president, Don McAdams, is a nationally known education reformer and former school board president for the Houston Independent School District.
The Center for Reform of School Systems works primarily with urban districts across the nation, helping them achieve reform by teaching school board members and superintendents how to transform their districts for high student achievement.
“I have worked to be a catalyst for change. There have been difficult decisions to make, but I have enjoyed every moment of learning and watching the district move toward reform,” Littlejohn said. “Now it’s up to this community to decide to keep the district moving in the right direction, and continue the great progress we’ve made.”
Littlejohn was elected to the Dayton Board of Education in 2001 and again in 2005; she is serving the second year of a four-year term. She led the board as president for five of her six years on the board.
Littlejohn credited the district with making progress that may not have been recognized locally, but which has captured attention nationally. She credited DPS staff and community partners for their hard work in moving the district forward.
She is currently general manager for Littlejohn and Company, LLC, and has served in a number of corporate positions, including vice president at LEXIS-NEXIS. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association and has held positions on numerous boards in the Dayton region.
Littlejohn and her family have made their home in Dayton since 1972.