An education leader and administrator, Dr. James Hickey is the former Principal of Old Bridge High School in New Jersey. In his capacity as head of the school, Dr. Hickey successfully led a staff of nearly 350 faculty and support personnel and 3,100 students during a time of transition, including the relocation and merger of a two-campus school to a single campus. At the same time, Dr. James Hickey overhauled the school's curriculum, resulting in substantial improvement in student proficiency rates in literacy and mathematics, while hiring and mentoring new staff during a period of unusually high faculty and administrative retirements. Over the course of Dr. James Hickey’s tenure as principal, Old Bridge High School saw student achievement and test scores significantly rise while out-of-school suspension rates decreased precipitously by nearly 60%. By helping to change the school’s culture and strengthening the sense of community to make the large school feel more welcoming, he also was able to decrease student tardiness by 62%. As a result of the school’s changed climate and improved ratings on standardized exams, Dr. James Hickey was honored as the Principal of the Year in New Jersey in 2009. The award process included interviews of students, staff, and the Superintendent of Schools by members of the selection committee. In November 2009, Dr. Hickey was publicly praised by the Superintendent of Old Bridge Public Schools at a televised meeting of the full Board of Education, in which the Board also recognized Dr. Hickey for his work in transforming a high school that was previously labeled as "in need of improvement" by the New Jersey Department of Education and "failing" in press accounts. Dr. James Hickey served as an educational leader in Old Bridge from 2003 to 2011. Prior to accepting his position at Old Bridge, Dr. Hickey served as Director of Development for St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School in Staten Island, New York. While there, he formed and implemented strategic plans to acquire funding, including $150,000 in gifts from donors and a commitment of nearly $1 million from the school's family association. He also authored proposals to solicit foundation grant money that raised over $200,000 for the school. Dr. James Hickey’s credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Master of Science in Education from Wagner College in New York City. He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University, where he studied Educational Leadership and Policy.