The members of the Advance CTE Executive Committee are elected by the membership to serve one-year terms. The FY16 officers, who are listed below, will serve from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
Mrs. Jo Anne Honeycutt, President
Mrs. Jo Anne Honeycutt serves as the State Director of Career and Technical Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She currently serves as the Advance CTE Vice President. Previously, Mrs. Honeycutt was Director of Middle School Programs and Director of Career and Technical Education for Johnston County Schools. She began her career in education as a Business Teacher at Cleveland Middle School and later at West Johnston High School. She served as the Cleveland Middle School FBLA Advisor, as a member of the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, and was the 2004-2005 Central Region Teacher of the Year.
Prior to her career in education, Mrs. Honeycutt was a Commercial Real Estate Lender for Wachovia Bank. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University in 1992 and earned a master’s degree in Business and Marketing Education in 2004, also from North Carolina State University. Mrs. Honeycutt is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju, Vice President
Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju is currently the Bureau Chief, Career and Technical Education, Division of Community Colleges, Iowa Department of Education. As Iowa’s State Director for Career and Technical Education (CTE), he has leadership responsibility in managing those secondary and community college CTE programs that are funded through the Carl D. Perkins federal program. Besides his CTE responsibilities, Dr. Kotamraju has supervisory responsibility over the National Crosswalk Center, dual enrollment program management, and Military and Veterans Education. Dr. Kotamraju frequently advises staff across the Division on projects that interrelates community colleges’ curriculum, employment outcomes, and student success. He is part of the senior management team within the overall Division of Community Colleges, as well as part of the Management Council for the entire Department of Education. Dr. Kotamraju has worked on several research, policy, administrative projects in three states that not only involves secondary and postsecondary CTE but the broader K-16 sector, workforce development and adult education. Before working in the public sector, Dr. Kotamraju taught college- and university-level Economics and Statistics at several higher education institutions in Minnesota and Kentucky. Dr. Kotamraju holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois. He received his Master’s Degree in Economics from George Washington University, and his Bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.
Dr. Phillip C. Cleveland, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Philip C. Cleveland currently serves as the Interim State Superintendent of Education, Chief Executive Officer of the Alabama State Department of Education. Dr. Cleveland also serves as the Deputy State Superintendent for Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development. In this role, he manages the Alabama State Department of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Section, Guidance and Counseling program, and other initiatives focused on preparing students for a lifetime of success after high school graduation. He is a key liaison between secondary and postsecondary education and works closely with Alabama’s Workforce and Economic Development sectors.
Dr. Cleveland and his family believe in the power of education – the positive impact it can make in the lives of young people. His past experiences span both the secondary and postsecondary education systems. In secondary education, he served as an Agriscience Education teacher, Career Technical Education Director, and High School Principal. His postsecondary experiences range from serving as the Vice President for Learning and Dean of Applied Technologies at Wallace State Community College, to the position of interim Community College President of Chattahoochee Valley State Community College. Dr. Cleveland holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Agriculture Business and Economics, a master’s degree from Auburn in Agriculture Education, an A.A. from Alabama A&M University in Agribusiness Education, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Mr. Rod Duckworth, Past President
Mr. Rod Duckworth joined the Florida Department of Education as the Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education on March 12, 2012. He currently serves as the Advance CTE president. Mr. Duckworth has extensive state and national experience in Career Technical Education having most recently served as the Interim Deputy Director for Career and Technical Education in the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Mr. Duckworth began his career as a classroom teacher and student organization advisor; he managed several national programs for the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Duckworth served as the State Program Director for Agriculture Education in Washington State and was later appointed as State Director of Career and Technical Education, a position he held until he returned to his home state of Arkansas in 2007 to serve in various roles in the Arkansas Department of Career Education.