Preparing Students For Leadership Roles In A Multicultural & Global Society
James K. Scott
JAMES KAPAE’ALII SCOTT is president of Punahou School, an independent day school in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Founded in 1841, Punahou is one of the leading college preparatory schools in the nation and the largest K – 12 independent school on a single campus in the United States. Punahou promotes education of the whole child through a breadth of academics, arts, athletics and co-curricular programs for more than 3,750 students.
Scott was born in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School in 1970. Prior to becoming the School’s 16th president, he was the headmaster at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Before that, he served as academic dean at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, where he also taught history. Scott received an A.B. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A. in Private School Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and a master’s degree and doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.
Scott is actively engaged in leadership roles at the local and national levels, having served as a trustee of The College Board and chair of the Secondary School Admission Test Board. He is currently a member of the National Association of Independent Schools Board of Trustees and has won numerous national awards for his leadership in positioning Punahou as an educational partner and resource to the local and global community. He will speak on “Global Education in the Schools.”