Dr. Eric J Ban is the Managing Director of the Dallas County Promise. The “Promise” is a transformational effort of school districts, colleges, universities, workforce, and communities to increase college completion aligned to the North Texas workforce with a goal to create equity in outcomes for students, families, and communities. Dr. Ban came to lead the Promise from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Program Innovation at Dallas-based Academic Partnerships, where he developed programs and solutions for universities to better serve students through online programs around the world.
Dr. Ban founded the College Acceleration Network as a way to strategically link high school reform to economic development as the principal of Crown Point High School in Greater Chicago. Eric’s first book, College Acceleration: Innovating Through the New American Research High School showcases this work and provides a vision for high school innovation and regional economic development. Eric has served on the board of the Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Indiana Department of Education High School Accountability Task Force, Indiana Commission for Higher Education Dual Credit Commission, and Global Indiana.
Prior to serving as a high school principal, Eric worked to build scalable models of K-12 and university programming with Dallas-based Higher Ed Holdings, where he served as Vice President of Research and Development and Executive Director of University Partnerships.
Eric began his career as a high school chemistry teacher and basketball coach in Bloomington, Indiana. He moved into administration and then into a role at the Indiana University School of Education as a visiting professor where he reinvented the Indiana University student teacher performance system, launched the Indiana Reading Academy, and developed the teacher leadership master’s program.
Eric received a BS in Science Education, MAT in Chemistry, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana University.