Frank J. Cody, PhD

Frank Cody

Title: Associate Professor (Retired)
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Frank Cody, Associate Professor (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.

Following graduation from high school in 1957, Dr. Cody joined the Society of Jesus, a religious order of the Catholic Church whose members are known as Jesuits. His training for the priesthood in the order included a Bachelor’s in Latin and two Master’s degrees in philosophy and divinity respectively. It also included three years of high school and university teaching, inspiring him to train to become an administrator and professor in Jesuit high schools and universities. He received a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in educational administration in 1980.

Prior to graduation from OSU, Dr. Cody was an administrator at Walsh Jesuit and St. Ignatius High School and served on the board of the latter school. After completing his course work, he was an assistant principal at St. John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio and headmaster/principal of St. Ignatius. He was also a member of the College Board Commission on Entrance Services and the North Central Association Committee on Accreditation of Non-Public Schools. In 1981, he left St. Ignatius to become upper school principal and ultimately director of Chapel School, an overseas American Catholic bilingual preK-12 school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He returned to the U.S. in 1983 to the University of Detroit where he taught a variety of education courses and served as an assistant dean, university chaplain, director of campus ministry, and a member of the president’s executive council. He also taught a variety of education courses both at U of D and Mercy and Marygrove Colleges, rising to the rank of associate professor, and director of the University of Detroit’s Council on Economic Education. During this time, he also co-founded and directed the Ed Risk Company and co-authored the Manual of Educational Risk Management, while editing its bimonthly newsletter.

In 1991, after leaving both the University and the Jesuit order, Dr. Cody became a principal at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, MI until 1995 and headmaster at Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, CA through spring 1997. During this period, he was on the National Association of Secondary School Principals Non-Public School Committee and was the only Catholic school principal chosen to be a member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s and NASSP’s Commission on the Restructuring of the American High School, which published the influential Breaking Ranks:Changing an American Institution in 1995. He spent 1997 to 2005 as a high school administrator and teacher at Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was also head of the Small Learning Communities Project administering a major grant from the Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

During these years in Kalamazoo MI, he frequently traveled to Brazil, co-authoring three books for teachers and teacher educators written in Portuguese as well as doing part-time administration and consulting with K-12 and higher education institutions. He also lectured occasionally at Brazilian colleges and universities involved in administrator and teacher preparation. After retirement from Kalamazoo Central, he added adjunct professorships at the University of Phoenix and Spring Arbor University to his portfolio and served to design courses both off- and on-line and supervise and coordinate student programming on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Cody’s civic and volunteer efforts have included work for and service on the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel State Legislative Committee,the Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues, the Kalamazoo City Planning Commission, the Kalamazoo Catholic Diocese Prison Ministry, the Kalamazoo Catholic Schools, the Center for Transformation for Parolees, and the Kalamazoo County Older Adult Services Advisory Council.

A major diversion for him, in recent years, has been competitive swimming both with the Senior Olympics and US Masters Swimmers programs. He was 100 yd. butterfly champion for the 70-75 age group in the national Senior Olympics championships in 2011, All-American individual champion seven times with US Masters, and won a second place medal in the World Masters championship meet in Goteborg, Sweden in 2010 in the 400 meter individual medley, these successes resulting in his choice as Michigan Masters Swimmer of the Year for 2011.

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