Dr. William Potts-Datema

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2021 Secretary-Treasurer (2021-23 Term) Nominee

Dr. William Potts-Datema
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Jackson Elementary, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Personal and Professional Information:

•    Doctor of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), University of Georgia; Master of Science (Guidance and Counseling) and Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Education), Missouri State University
•    Adjunct Professor, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut (2019-present)
•    Program Branch Chief, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, Atlanta, Georgia (2005-19)
•    Director, Partnerships for Children’s Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts (2001-05)
•    Executive Director, Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, Washington, DC (1998-2001)
•    Other professional service in public education and public health from local to international levels, including as a middle and high school teacher and supervisor at the Missouri Department of Education
•    Married to Dr. Susan Potts-Datema, Director of Special Education Curriculum and Instruction, Gwinnett County Public Schools; father of 4 children living in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, and Japan, and 2 grandchildren

PTA Involvement:

Current service includes local and state unit memberships and as a regular donor
Previous service includes:

•    National Board Member, two terms (first term as a youth member, second as a parent and former teacher)
•    Seven national committees including (most recent first) Nominating and Leadership Recruitment (NLRC), Comprehensive Campaign Cabinet, Strategic Plan Review, National Organization Viability (Chair), Cultural Inclusion, Health and Welfare, and Youth Services
•    Numerous other previous state and local committees at various times since serving as a PTSA youth leader

Community Involvement:

Current service includes:

•    President, Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (national)
•    Treasurer, Society for Public Health Education (national professional membership association with state units)
•    Board Member of four other organizations: CATCH Global Foundation, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, RMC Health, and the Missouri State University Alumni Association

Previous service includes:

•    Former Secretary and Treasurer, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
•    Board member of two other international organizations, ASCD (includes state units in the United States) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (Vice-President for North America)
•    Board member of three other national associations, including Action for Healthy Kids (Chair), American Association for Health Education (AAHE), and American School Health Association (ASHA) – all with state units

Honors and Awards (selected):

•    Life Achievement Award, National PTA and Honorary Life Membership, Missouri PTA
•    Fellow of AAHE and ASHA and member of Delta Omega and Eta Sigma Gamma professional honorary societies
•    Six CDC awards for excellence, Distinguished Service Awards from AAHE and ASHA, Scholar Awards from Illinois State and Texas A&M, and numerous other national and state leadership awards (see LinkedIn profile

William Potts-Datema portrait



Candidate Narrative

Dr. William Potts-Datema

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

As a PTA volunteer, I have served two terms on the National Board of Directors, one term on NLRC, and terms on six national committees and numerous state and local committees. PTA has been instrumental in financing my college education, defining my career path, and building my leadership skills.

My career includes service in education and public health from local to national levels. I have held several national leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in Washington, D.C. I now serve as an adjunct professor for Southern Connecticut State University.

Throughout my career, I have remained an active national organization volunteer. I currently serve as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Treasurer of the Society for Public Health Education, and board member of three other national organizations. In addition to National PTA, I previously served on the boards of two international and three additional national organizations.

From board service and my career, I have learned the critical importance of good governance with clear roles of board members and staff; effective communication; ensuring diversity in leadership and representation in decision-making; integrity and accountability in financial operations; respecting the unique roles of local, state, and national structures; and honoring and recognizing the contributions of volunteer leadership.

I am the product of previous PTA leaders’ investments in me, both through mentoring and their endowment contributions. High priorities as Secretary-Treasurer will be mentoring leaders and strengthening National PTA’s endowment for future generations.

As a parent of four and grandparent of two, I understand the critical importance of a vital National PTA. I would be honored to give back to the organization I love as your national Secretary-Treasurer.