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Bill Potts-DatemaDr. 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 six national committees and numerous state and local committees. 

In addition to his involvement in PTA, Potts-Datema has previously served on the boards of two international and three additional national organizations. He currently serves as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Treasurer of the Society for Public Health Education, and as a board member of three other national organizations. 

His professional career in the education and public health sectors spans over 39 years. Potts-Datema has held several national leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for Southern Connecticut State University.  

Potts-Datema holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia, as well as 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 and his wife Susan have four children. Aside from his family, he lives for baseball season.

Dr. William Potts-Datema has served in education and public health for 39 years, including service from local to international levels. He has held a number of 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.

Bill serves as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Treasurer of the Society for Public Health Education, and board member of the CATCH Global Foundation, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and Missouri State University Alumni Association. He previously served on the international boards of ASCD (formerly, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE); the national boards of the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), American School Health Association (ASHA), and American Association for Health Education (AAHE); and as chair of the national board and a founding board member of Action for Healthy Kids.

He is a fellow of ASHA and AAHE and a member of Delta Omega national public health honorary society and Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society. He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Missouri State University. Bill has presented in 48 states and 12 other nations, and he has authored and contributed to a number of publications. He and his wife Susan have four children. Aside from his family, he lives for baseball season.