Former Little Rock Superintendent Kenneth James Named President of AAIMS

Kenneth James has been named the president for the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, the organization announced Tuesday.

James will assume his new role on Oct. 1; Tommie Sue Anthony currently serves as president. James is a former Arkansas Commissioner of Education and Little Rock School District Superintendent.

In addition, he served as superintendent for schools in Van Buren, Batesville and Lexington, Ky.

"There are few people who have a stronger track record of promoting academic achievement by Arkansas students than Ken James," said Jim Argue, chair of the AAIMS board of directors, in a news release. "He has been a champion for raising standards and enriching curriculum. AAIMS is fortunate to have acquired his leadership."

The AAIMS, housed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, partners with UALR and public high schools across the state to improve Advanced Placement mathematics, science and English education and increase college retention and graduation rates in STEM disciplines.