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School system administrator

John Wesley Cooper, American School system administrator.


Cooper, John Wesley was born on April 15, 1953 in Selma, Alabama, United States. Son of Thurston Othello and Ruth Marcella (White) Cooper.


Bachelor, Florida State University, 1975. Master of Arts, Florida State University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1982.


Research assistant, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, 1979-1981;assistant professor of philosophy and religion, Bridgewater (Virginia) College, 1981-1982;assistant professor and dean for academic affairs, Bridgewater (Virginia) College, 1982-1984;associate professor and dean for academic affairs, Bridgewater (Virginia) College, 1984-1987;senior research fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, 1987-1989;president, James Madison Institute for Public Policy Research, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989-1994;president, headmaster, Wichita (Kansas) Collegiate School, since 1994. Adjunct Professor Wichita State University, since 1995.


Vice-chairman Florida Conservative Union, Gainesville, 1993-1994. Director Montessori Institute of North Florida, Tallahassee, 1991-1994, State Policy Network, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1991-1994. Consultant National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, 1985.

Member Kansas Association of Non-Government Schools, Indiana Schools Association of the Southwest (board directors since 1994), Philadelphia Society (trustee 1993-1997), Heritage Foundation Resource Bank, Kansas Health Ethics (board directors since 1994), Rotary, Phi BetaKappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Theta Chi Beta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf, tennis, camping, guitar.


Married Joan Margaret Schneider, May 3, 1975. Children: John Wesley III, Michael Joseph, Megan Joy.

Thurston Othello Cooper

Ruth Marcella (White) Cooper

Joan Margaret Schneider

John Wesley III Cooper

Michael Joseph Cooper

Megan Joy Cooper