R. Craig Ham

Deputy Superintendent of Operations

Marion County Public Schools (FL)

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Craig Ham was a featured speaker at K12 Facilities Forum ’18

 Dr. Ham oversees Human Resources, Employee Relations, Technical Services, Custodial Services, Information Technology, Government Relations, Strategic Planning, and Safe Schools functions in a school district with fifty-two schools and 43,000 students.

Before moving to Marion County, Florida in 1995, Colonel (Ret.) Ham served for twenty-six years as a Military Police Officer in the US Army, with duty assignments in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and at various stateside postings. He spent thirteen years on the faculty at the US Military Academy at West Point, eventually becoming chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Colonel Ham authored the Army’s Operational Concept for the first Special Operations Command, and later served as Visiting Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ham holds a Doctorate in Forensic Geography. With degrees from Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Kentucky, his academic resume features groundbreaking research in the use of geographic information systems to monitor and analyze urban crime and its relationship to underlying socio-economic data.

He brings to this position a broad array of operational experience in budgeting, logistics, maintenance operations, security planning, transportation systems, and emergency management. Dr. Ham and his wife, Vicki, both hail from Michigan and have five children and eleven grandchildren.