by Mark DiMaio
This year’s Superstars in Education Program with feature the inaugural John H. Taylor, Jr. Education Leadership Award. John was a passionate advocate of improving education and fairness for Delaware’s children.
Throughout his professional career, John was an educator. He began his career as a teacher, then served as the assistant to superintendent for the Wilmington Board of Education. John’s education background, coupled with his ability to share information and make connections served him well as he rose to become The News Journal Editor before becoming President of the Delaware Public Policy Institute.
As founding member of the Vision Coalition, John’s leadership and directness were instrumental in building an impactful public-private partnership advocating to improve education in Delaware.
John’s leadership style was always straightforward, clear-headed and often unwavering and at the same time he was truly humble and humorous.
John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership Award seeks to recognize someone who’s not only provided sustained leadership in advancing Delaware education but has made our community a better place to live and work.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.