James R. Butterworth
M.A. '77, M.S. '78, Ed.D. '86, Ph.D. '86

James R. ButterworthJames Butterworth Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), the nation’s oldest school study council.  CASDA, the center for school improvement at the University at Albany, plays a unique role as a catalyst in the greater Capital Region, raising consciousness about emerging educational challenges while promoting improvement in area schools and districts.

Butterworth was a founding faculty member of the Sage Graduate College’s Ed.D. program, and an adjunct professor at the University at Albany and the College of St. Rose.  With experience as a secondary school teacher and principal, Butterworth spent many years serving as superintendent of schools in the Averill Park and Schodack Central School Districts.

From 1999 through 2006, Butterworth served as New York State’s Assistant Commissioner of Education leading the State Education Department’s Office of School Improvement and Community Services.  While there, he was responsible for the implementation of No Child Left Behind requirements in schools outside New York City, installation of a regional network strategy to assist low performing schools, leadership of statewide discussions regarding middle schools and high school completion, and implementation of state regulations in such areas as school safety, attendance, academic intervention, professional development plans and professional performance reviews.

A four time alumnus from the University at Albany, Butterworth received a Ph.D. in educational administration and Masters’ degrees in educational administration and social studies.