Deputy Superintendent of Operations
R. Craig Ham, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Dr. R. Craig Ham, with twenty-two years in the Marion County Public Schools, is our Deputy Superintendent of Operations. In this capacity, Dr. Ham oversees all Business Services, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Technical Services, Custodial Services, Information Technology, Employee Relations, Government Relations, and Strategic Planning.
Dr. Ham co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) magnet program at Forest High School, teaching social studies courses and administering that innovative, interdisciplinary approach to blending applied technology and advanced academics. Over nine years with EMIT, Ham coached the school’s Knowledge Bowl team to six state championships. He also served as President of the Marion Education Association, served on the Florida Education Association Governance Board, and was elected to two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association.
Colonel (Ret.) Ham served for twenty-six years as a Military Police Officer in the US Army, with duty assignments in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and at various stateside postings. He spent thirteen years on the faculty at the US Military Academy at West Point, eventually becoming chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. He developed the Army’s Operational Concept that created the first Special Operations Command, and later served as Visiting Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ham holds a Doctorate in Forensic Geography. With degrees from Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Kentucky, his academic resume features groundbreaking research in the use of geographic information systems to monitor and analyze urban crime and its relationship to the underlying socio-economic data.
He brings to this position a broad array of operational experience in budgeting, logistics, maintenance operations, security planning, transportation systems, and emergency management. He has also maintained an active interest in local affairs, serving on the Marion County Republican Executive Committee, and participating in various veterans’ organizations.
Ham and his wife, Vicki, both hail from Michigan and have five children and eleven grandchildren.