Dr. Jeff Graham began his career in education as a Physics teacher at Highland and Wadsworth high schools from 1993 to 1999 before moving on to administrative roles serving as assistant principal of Medina High School from 1999 to 2001, and then principal of Medina High School from 2001 to 2003. He has served as superintendent of Woodridge Local Schools from 2003 to 2010, superintendent of Parma City Schools from 2010 to 2015, superintendent of Lorain City Schools from 2015 to 2018, regional superintendent of 15 schools in the "Best Practices" portfolio for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and superintendent of the Canton City Schools since June 2019.
Dr. Graham's collaborative leadership style has helped recreate school districts by bringing people together to pass levies, build critical community partnerships, expand wraparound services, improve communication and engagement, and increase opportunities for students to achieve. His commitment to transparency and open communication can be seen through his regularly scheduled listening sessions with various student groups, staff luncheons, parent forums, and open dialogue sessions throughout the community.
Elected by the vote of fellow superintendent members to serve as president of the following superintendent associations: Akron Area School Superintendents’ Association (first person to be elected to serve two consecutive terms), Greater Cleveland Schools’ Superintendents’ Association, Ohio Schools’ Council, Chairman of the Six District Educational Compact Executive Committee and member the Governance Committee of the First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative, Dr. Graham has also served as a member of the BASA Legislative Committee and Ohio School Leadership Institute, and BASA mentor to new superintendents.