Dr. John Dow manages a team of seven Regional Presidents and Managing Directors, overseeing strategic planning, program development, and fundraising. Dow has more than 30 years of professional leadership experience in education.
Prior to joining Special Olympics in 2001, he worked as a national consultant to educational and nonprofit organizations, specializing in planning programs geared toward disenfranchised and socially alienated students. In 1992, Dow was named the CEO of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), and from 1983 to 1992, he served as the CEO of the New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut.
Dow earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Physical Education from Indiana State University, his Master’s Degree in Education with a Counseling Emphasis from Indiana State University, and his Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. He has been recognized with numerous educational awards throughout his career, including the Black Businesses and Professional Women’s Association’s Man of the Year, and the Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni Award. The Executive Educator also named Dow one of North America’s top school educators.
Timothy Shriver, Ph.D
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH
Chief Health Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Inspiration Officer; Vice Chair, Board of Directors
John Dow, Ph.D
Chief, Regional & Program Operations
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Chief of Staff to the Office of the Chairman
Brandon M. Fitzgerald
Chief Legal Officer; Secretary, Board of Directors
Jacqueline Jodl, Ph.D
Senior Vice President of Global Youth and Education
Vice President Organizational Excellence
Chief of Sport and Competition
Chief Information and Technology Officer