James Kadamus

National education consultant for K-12 and higher education

James Kadamus has over 40 years of experience in K–12 and higher education policy. He served as New York State Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education for 11 years (1995–2006), leading implementation of new state learning standards, curriculum and assessments. He also was Associate Commissioner of School Finance where he oversaw school funding policy and was a major witness in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) vs. NYS court case. The case led to major reform of the school funding formulas in NYS. He currently writes regular commentary opinion pieces for The Providence Journal on K–12 education issues, including testing, federal and state policies and school funding. After leaving State service, Mr. Kadamus was the Vice President and a co-owner of Sightlines (1996–2015), a consulting firm that advises over 400 colleges and universities on their capital investments and facility operations. Mr. Kadamus continues to serve as a senior advisor to Sightlines. Mr. Kadamus is the author of numerous publications on the growing problem of deferred maintenance at colleges and universities including “To Build or Not to Build,” Change Magazine, March/April 2015; “Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus, New England Journal of Higher Education, January 2014; “Revival of the Fittest: Strategies for Attacking Deferred Maintenance,” NACUBO Business Officer, January 2013; “Climbing Walls and Climbing Tuitions” with Rita Kirshstein, Delta Cost Project, December 2012. He also writes blogs and conducts webinars on higher education finance and facility issues.

Mr. Kadamus and his wife Carol live in Rhode Island. They have four granddaughters ranging in age from 2–9.