Deputy Superintendent of Operations
R. Craig Ham, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Craig Ham, who holds a Doctorate in Geography, is the deputy superintendent of operations for Marion County Public Schools. In this capacity, Dr. Ham oversees all non-curricular activities including business operations, transportation, maintenance, negotiations, and other areas.
Familiar as a former president of various education-related unions, Ham served the US Army in various assignments including Vietnam, Europe, Asia and at home. He spent 13 years on the faculty at the US Military Academy at West Point, eventually becoming chair of the Geography and Environmental Engineering Department. He served as visiting professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College in Washington, DC. After 26 years of active military service, Ham retired and began teaching in Marion County Public Schools. He co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) magnet program at Forest High School, teaching social studies courses and administering the innovative, interdisciplinary approach to blending technology and advanced academics. Over nine years with EMIT, Ham coached the school’s Knowledge Bowl team to six state championships.
Ham’s background specializes the use of geographic information systems to analyze urban socio-economic data. He has experience in budgeting, logistics, maintenance operations, security planning, transportation systems, and emergency management.
Ham’s academic background includes:
- Doctorate in Geography, University of Kentucky
- Master of Arts, Geography, University of Michigan
- Bachelor of Arts, Education, Western Michigan University
Ham is married to Vicki and has five children and 11 grandchildren.