James Speir graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1974, he received a masters degree in liberal studies from Dartmouth College and in 1975, he returned to California to begin a a teaching/administrative/coaching career that lasted forty-four years. Mr. Speir coached swimming in Southern California, the Mecca for this sport. He achieved considerable success by sending several athletes and his team to the CIF state championships each year. In the classroom, Mr. Speir taught United States and European history to Juniors and Seniors. Mr. Speir served as Assistant Director of Admissions, a position that launched his independent school administrative career. The next forty years were spent at Durham Academy in North Carolina. Beginning with the position of Director of Admissions/Director of Financial Aid in 1979, Mr. Speir dedicated his career to the education of young people in the triangle area. Other positions held by Mr. Speir included Assistant Headmaster/Dean of Faculty, Middle School Director and Interim Headmaster. As Dean of Faculty, Mr. Speir developed a comprehensive faculty development and evaluation program. During his tenure at Durham Academy, Mr. Speir taught Advanced Placement courses in both history and English and his students consistently scored well above national averages on the AP Tests. During the final eight years of his career, Mr. Speir focused on teaching and left the administrative responsibilities of running Durham Academy to the next generation. One of the most significant aspects of Mr. Speir’s career has been the opportunity to serve on the Students to Scholars Board of Directors, a position that furthers his interest in both young people and education.