Co-Chair, Ohio 8 Coalition & Superintendent, Canton City Schools
On January 14, 2013, Adrian E. Allison was chosen to lead the Canton City School District. This was a historical appointment for several reasons. First, both of Adrian's grandfathers served the district as custodians/firemen. In fact, his paternal grandfather John T. Allison was the first African American employee of the school district. 48 years later, Adrian was selected as the first African American superintendent of the district. Adrian is also the youngest superintendent in the history of the district and the first to be given an initial 5 year contract. Adrian had previously served as the Canton City School District’s Director of School Improvement from 2008 – 2010.
Adrian is a product of the Canton City School District as a 1990 graduate, football Co-Captain and National Honor Society member at McKinley Senior High School. Adrian received his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College where he graduated magna cum laude and was an All-American member of the football team. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Allison began his career in public service as an Assistant Attorney General in the education section of the Office of the Attorney General. He went on to serve in various capacities at the Ohio Department of Education, including Associate Superintendent, Senior Executive Director of the Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement and Executive Director of Urban Policy. He oversaw the development and implementation of urban policies and strategic planning, served as a primary liaison to Ohio’s 21 urban districts, and focused on improving the academic performance of all students. In 2006, Adrian was nationally recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Certification with the inaugural Best Professional Practices Award for his work on improving teacher quality.
Adrian has a passion for Canton community and the Canton City School District. His goal is to implement his “Brighter Tomorrow” Plan to position the district to be able to respond to the changing landscape of education and to provide the students, families and community the opportunity to engage in the process of ensuring that students are college and career ready.
Adrian's greatest accomplishment is his family, including his wife Krista and two daughters, Averi and Anastasia who are both students in the Canton City School District.