As a CPA, former Commissioner of Education and State Senator in the State of Florida, Jim Horne brings an extensive background in both the public and private sectors to bear on WhiteBoard’s education policy and business strategy work.
From 1994-2001, Mr. Horne served in the Florida Senate where he held several key leadership positions. In 1996, he was selected to chair the Senate Education Appropriations committee where he quickly put his financial background to work in designing an allocation of education resources for the community college system based on performance and outcomes. In 1997, Mr. Horne created the Excellent Teacher Act that rewarded Florida’s teachers with a bonus of up to 20% for passing the National Board Certification exam and mentoring other teachers in the classroom. The program continues to be one of Florida’s most successful education endeavors.
In 2001, after spearheading a massive reorganization plan for Florida’s educational delivery system, Mr. Horne was asked was appointed as the first ever appointed Secretary/Commissioner of Education in the State of Florida. In this new position, Mr. Horne had oversight and responsibility for the first K-20 seamless education system in the country.
Jim currently lives in Jacksonville Florida, where is remains active in both the political and policy arenas.
Return to About