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Dr. William Datema

Dr. William Datema was elected as National PTA president-elect in June 2023. During his term, Dr. Datema is committed to developing leaders and strengthening national support for state and local units. Starting as a student member, Datema has been a PTA member for over 45 years. He has served as National PTA secretary-treasurer (2021-2023), two terms on the National PTA Board of Directors, one term on the National PTA Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC) and various other terms on national, state and local committees.

Datema has served in education and public health for over 40 years, including service from local to international levels. He has held several national leadership positions including chief of the Program Development and Services Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health, director of partnerships for children’s health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and executive director of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in Washington, DC. Datema has also served as a board member for various levels of nonprofits and is the United States representative for the UNESCO Chair–Global Health and Education.

He holds a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Georgia and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Missouri State University. Datema has presented in 48 states and 12 other nations and has authored and contributed to several publications. He is a father of four children and grandfather of two.