By Todd Cohen
DURHAM, N.C. — Kay S. James, executive director for the Eastern Carolina March of Dimes for the past 12˝ years, has been named executive director of the Durham Public Education Network.
James succeeds Lloydette Hoof, who has been executive director since 1997 and is retiring to spend more time with her family.
James leaves the March of Dimes — which works to reduce infant mortality and prevent birth defects, low birth rates and prematurity — in the wake of a national reorganization that included merging North Carolina’s four chapters.
The four chapters, all of which reported to the organization’s regional office in Atlanta, now report to Bobbye Brooks, who fills the newly created post of state director.
Under James’ tenure, the Eastern Carolina chapter – which includes 45 counties – eliminated $750,000 in debt and built its performance margin – roughly equivalent to a profit margin – to 42 percent of operating costs from 6 percent.
Hoof, who served as associate director for a year-and-a-half before being named executive director, previously was acting executive director of the Brightleaf Music Workshop in Durham and before that was special projects manager for the Triangle Community Foundation in Research Triangle Park.
Two years ago, the Education Foundation completed a $6 million campaign to support the Durham public schools.