John H. Hess, Ed.D.
John H. Hess is currently the Executive Director of the California Council for Exceptional Children (CA CEC). Dr. Hess serves as the President of the Board of the Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), the largest parent training information center in the United States. He is also the secretary/treasurer of the Center for the Advancement of Technology in Education (C4ATE). During the past 5 years, he has been a special education consultant to school districts throughout Los Angeles County.
He is a retired special education administrator, having most recently served as the Executive Director of the Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program for 21 years. His prior positions include Director of Special Education for urban and rural special education cooperatives in Indiana, Executive Director of an outpatient rehabilitation center, and speech & language pathologist. He also served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University and Whittier College.
John has served on the advisory committees for the departments of education at Indiana University Southeast, Chapman University, and Whittier College. His professional roles have included Board of Directors for the national Council for Exceptional Children, President of the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children, President of the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, member of the Indiana Advisory Council on Education of the Handicapped, member of the Board of Governors of the National Council for Exceptional Children, Chair of the SELPA Administrators of California, member of California Department of Education’s Special Education Stakeholders’ Group, and President of the Greater Orange County Council for Exceptional Children. He has authored several articles and made numerous presentations at state and national conferences.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in special education with endorsements in emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, mild to severe mental retardation, and special education administration. He also received his doctorate degree in school administration from Indiana University.