Dr. William Potts-Datema

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Bill Potts-Datema

Dr. William Potts-Datema was elected National PTA Secretary-Treasurer in June 2021. His goals for his term include mentoring leaders and strengthening the National PTA Endowment Fund to provide for future generations.

His previous volunteer service for PTA includes two terms on the National PTA Board of Directors, one term on the National PTA Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC), and terms on seven national committees and numerous state and local committees. He has been a member for over 45 years.

Dr. Potts-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, Massachusetts, and Executive Director of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in Washington, DC. His current and previous nonprofit board positions include service on four international, eight other national, and several state and local organizations. Dr. Potts-Datema is the United States representative for the UNESCO Chair - Global Health and Education.

He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Missouri State University. He 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.