CEA Pays Tribute to John Grossman, 1946-2008

jgrossman.jpgLongtime Columbus teachers’ union president John Grossman died unexpectedly July 28th. As president of the Columbus Education Association (CEA) from 1978 to 2004, John left a legacy of dedication to progressive policies on education and dynamic leadership in advocacy and organization of the Association, said CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

“John’s passing is a great loss to the Columbus Education Association and to the cause of public education,” Johnson said. “But we will treasure his contributions to our work, his wise counsel and the organization that he nurtured and developed during more than a quarter century of leadership.”

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“John was the person who took CEA from good to great – he made sure the right people were in positions of leadership, advocacy and professional development.  He had a profound influence on all of us, not only through the force of his personality and knowledge, but as a person with a great sense of humor and a wide range of interests.”

John Grossman became the president of CEA in 1978. After he retired from that position in 2004, he continued to serve as a consultant and as the immediate past president of the CEA Board of Governors.

Grossman served on the NEA Legislative Committee, the NEA Committee for the Revitalization of Urban Education, and the NEA Committee on Peer Assistance and Review.

He served as an appointee to the Ohio Governor’s Education Management Council (1991-1998) and the Columbus Mayor’s Educational Advisory Board. He was a charter member of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) and a founding member/past Co-Chair of the Ohio 8, the coalition of Ohio’s eight largest urban school districts.

He was a vice president and board member of the Holmes Partnership, a consortium of universities, public school districts, teachers associations, local and national organizations serving to reform teaching and learning in public schools and higher education.  He served as a board member of Operation Public Education based at the University of Pennsylvania. Under former Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka, Grossman served on the Central Ohio Transit Authority board of directors.

Before his full-time work began at CEA, he taught social studies at South High School. He also served as a CEA Governor and Faculty Representative, and he contributed work to numerous association committees.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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