Dr. James Mills

Dr. James Mills

Coordinator of Educational Leadership

Office Location:
Academic Complex, Room 323B
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James N. Mills (Ph.D.) is a supervisor of educational leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, College of Education, Niagara University. In this capacity he supervises all field placements for candidates seeking to be New York State certified school administrators. In addition, Dr. Mills coordinates the NCATE accreditation initiative for the College of Education.

Before coming to Niagara University Dr. Mills served as a public school administrator for thirty years serving in roles of increasing responsibility from vice principal (2 years), high school principal (13 years) to superintendent of schools (18 years).   He has also held positions of related responsibility including but not limited to CSE Chairperson, School Business Administrator, Director of Facilities, and Transportation Supervisor. In addition, Dr. Mills has served as a professional negotiator representing over twenty boards of education in the collective bargaining process.

During his administrative career Dr. Mills has served in many leadership positions including, but not limited to President of the New York State Council of School Superintendent(NYCOSS), Chairman of the NYSCOSS Distinguished Service Committee, President of the Chautauqua County School Administrators’ Association, Chairmen of the Orleans-Niagara Athletic Association and most recently Chairman of the Eastern Niagara Power Alliance.  He has also served on both national and state professional organization committees such as the MARLA (Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs, NYSCOSS Commissioner’s Advisory Council and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Delegates Committee.

Current Research

Dr. Mills continues to research in areas related to labor relations, collective bargaining, and negotiations in the public sector. He is also interested in the impact of emotional intelligence in leadership with special emphasis on how a school leader’s emotional intelligence impacts individual credibility and translates into personal trust and organizational trust.  A secondary interest rest in public school finance and the complexity of administration of the local district school budget.

Educational Background

Dr. Mills undergraduate work was in elementary education at the State University College at Buffalo (SUCB). Graduate work includes masters studies in education and history at SUCB, advance study in school administration at Niagara University, and doctorial studies at SUNY Buffalo and Hamilton University.

Current Involvement

As a clinical supervisor Dr. Mills has regular and consistent contact with local and state school district leaders.  He is a member of the Erie-Niagara Superintendents Association, CIDEL (Committee for Identifying and Developing Educational Leaders), a Life Member of the PTA and a retired member of NYSCOSS.

Dr. Mills is a professional consultant on multiple school administration related areas. In 2008 he was named the Senior Educational Consultant to HUNT Engineers and Architects (Horseheads/Rochester) on matters of school construction and educational related design.  In 2009 he assisted the Tonawanda City School District in the reconfiguration of their elementary schools. Dr. Mills provides from 5-10 state wide workshops and seminars per year for practicing school administrators through the SUNY Oswego Educational Leadership Institute on topics related to negotiations; collective bargaining; revenue management; integrity, credibility, and ethics; and school construction management.