Board of Education
Danny Crutchfield, from left, Rick Fromm, Steve Laird, Sherwood Jones, III, Tulley Johnson, and Jim Hawkins.
The Dalton Board of Education is a publicly elected body of five members. Each serves a four-year term and receives no pay for this service. Day-to-day operations are directed by the superintendent.
Danny Crutchfield, Chairman
Danny Crutchfield is the director of corporate training and organizational development for Shaw Industries; as well as the director of the Shaw Learning Academy. (The Shaw Learning Academy is recognized as a Top 125 Training Organization by Training Magazine). Mr. Crutchfield is a graduate of Dalton High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the College of Business at the University of Tennessee. He is married and has two children who graduated from Dalton High School. Mr. Crutchfield began his second term in office in January 2012.
Rick Fromm, M.D., Vice-Chairman
Dr. Rick Fromm is a surgeon with a Dalton medical practice. He is a graduate of Dalton High School and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his surgical training at ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Fromm is married and has two children that have graduated from Dalton High School and one child currently attending Dalton Public Schools. Dr. Fromm began his third term in office in January 2012.
Tulley Johnson, Treasurer
Tulley Johnson recently retired from the United States Postal Service and is an active member of the Dalton community. He has served in leadership positions in a variety of community organizations including the Dalton Recreation Commission, the Family Crisis Center, Boy Scouts, Dalton Education Foundation, and many others. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Dalton High School and Georgia State University.He is married and his children are graduates of Dalton High School. Mr. Johnson began his fourth term in office in January 2012.
Sherwood Jones, III
Sherwood Jones, III is a partner/principal in the local architectural firm, Carlson & Jones Architects. He is a graduate of Dalton High School, and holds a Bachelor's in Architecture from Auburn University, and a Master of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is married and has four children—a daughter at Dalton High, twins at Brookwood School, and a baby girl. Mr. Jones began his first term in office in January 2014.
Steve Laird is the director of contract administration with Shaw Industries, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. Mr. Laird's wife is a teacher at Dalton Middle School and they have two children who are graduates of Dalton High School. Mr. Laird began his first term in office in January 2014.
Jim Hawkins, Ph.D., Superintendent
Dr. Jim Hawkins has served as the Superintendent of Dalton Public Schools since January 2009. He spent 36 years serving in Texas as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent in three school districts. The Dalton Board of Education recruited Dr. Hawkins to Dalton because of his educational philosophy and commitment to the principle that students only truly learn from work that they find meaningful, relevant and engaging. He earned his Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Texas. Dr. Hawkins is active in the community serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North Georgia Healthcare Partnership, on the Executive Committee of the Archway Partnership, and on the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee for the United Way of Northwest Georgia. He is also a member of the Thrive 2055 Education Initiative Group and the Dalton Rotary Club. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the North Georgia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA), and is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and serves on their Superintendent’s Leadership Network. He is also a member of the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA). Dr. Hawkins recently received a GSSA President’s Award for 2014. He was the 2002 Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association of Journalism Educators and served on the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Public Education Visioning Institute from 2006-2008. Dr. Hawkins and his wife transplanted to Georgia to move closer to grandchildren. They have a son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren that reside in Macon, Georgia and another son and daughter-in-law that reside in Chicago, Illinois.