Robert Jackson Center Names New Interim Executive Director

The Robert H. Jackson Center has named Daniel “Deke” Kathman as interim executive director.

“We are very fortunate to have Deke Kathman to lead and manage the Jackson Center,” said Stan Lundine, Jackson Center board chair. “is an experienced administrator with a deep commitment to the Jamestown community. He has a clear understanding of the contributions of Robert H. Jackson and his impact on the rule of law.”

Kathman’s resume includes nearly four decades in education, most recently as superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, Kathman served as assistant superintendent of instruction from 2003 to 2007, director of elementary education from 1990 to 2003, and principal of Love Elementary School from 1987 to 1990. Since his retirement, Kathman has served the Jamestown community in a multitude of ways. In 2013, he co-chaired the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County’s annual campaign with his wife, Deb, raising $1,325,970 million for 18 partner agencies and 39 local programs. He also served as a board member of the Gebbie Foundation from 1996 to 2016. He serves on the board of the Jamestown Community Learning Council.

A native of Lawrence Park, Pa., a suburb of Erie, Kathman received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mercyhurst College in Erie and his master’s degree in educational psychology as well as his School Administrator’s Certificate from Edinboro University. The first 13 years of his career were spent as a teacher in North East, Pa., and an elementary school principal in Berlin, Pa.

“I am honored to serve in this interim role as executive director at the Robert H Jackson Center. The mission and goals here are lofty and well reflect Robert H. Jackson’s lifelong commitment to the pursuit of justice. I will endeavor to assist the center in moving forward in any way I can” said Kathman.