KnowledgeWorks welcomes new board members

Tom Fry and Steve Dackin bring K-12, higher education and funding experience to board


Steve Dackin and Tom Fry were appointed to the KnowledgeWorks board of directors, the organization announced today.

“We wanted to accelerate our work in improving student outcomes through expanding early college opportunities and helping communities build civic infrastructure,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “Steve and Tom bring experience from K-12 and post-secondary education, funding and entrepreneurship to our board, and KnowledgeWorks will greatly benefit from their insight.”

Dackin currently serves as superintendent of schools and community partnerships at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his community college work, he led efforts to improve student achievement throughout the preschool to college educational continuum. As former superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools in Ohio, he has experience working with EDWorks and a local early college high school.

“I had the opportunity of working with EDWorks and KnowledgeWorks at a local level, and am looking forward to sharing those experiences as a member of the board of directors,” Dackin said. “KnowledgeWorks has been a leader in innovative education to improve student outcomes, and we can continue to grow and help more students achieve success.”

As part of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), Fry is responsible for identifying and supporting innovative, entrepreneurial-led organizations for the DRK portfolio, which StriveTogether recently joined. Fry has experience with strategic funding and finance, business models, talent acquisition, and building organizational capacity in the philanthropic, non-profit and for-profit sectors.

“I’m honored to join and work with my fellow KnowledgeWorks board members,” Fry said. “With our combined experiences, we can contribute to the growth of this organization and continue to innovate for students throughout the country.”

Dackin and Fry will join the KnowledgeWorks board of directors consisting of: Chair John Dean, attorney and founder of Washington Partners, LLC; the Honorable Nathaniel Jones, retired judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; Dr. Lucie Lapovsky, former president of Mercy Collge; Steven Minter, Cleveland State University executive-in-residence; Secretary Richard Riley, Former United States Secretary of Education; Eileen Rudden, board chair of SoundBite Communications; Joseph Tomain, University of Cincinnati College of Law dean and professor; and Timothy Tuff, former chairman, president and CEO of John H. Harland Company.

“KnowledgeWorks continues to expand its work throughout the country, and Tom and Steve will be wonderful additions to our team,” Dean said. “We are looking forward to working with them in moving the organization’s work forward.”

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.