John Crosby is the founding executive director of the Uncommon Individual Foundation and one of the leading experts on mentoring in the United States. Dr. Crosby aims to use the power of mentoring to help individuals be successful in their careers and to find happiness in their personal lives.
While Dr. Crosby has studied mentoring for over two decades, it is his extensive experience as a mentor that sets him apart from other people in the field. The cornerstone of that experience is his 35 years as an educator.Dr. Crosby spent 20 years as a superintendent of three school districts in Pennsylvania – Bethlehem, Boyertown, and Radnor.
During his 12-year tenure in Radnor, the district was rated one of the nation’s best by The Wall Street Journal. While he was superintendent, Dr. Crosby took administrators, teachers, and students under his wing as protégés. Many of those protégés went on to become teachers, superintendents, business executives, and leaders in their communities.
Dr. Crosby has continued his mentoring work through various educational organizations. He is a member of the Center for School Study Councils for Superintendents, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and an associate member of Suburban School Superintendents.
As a native Texan, and in true Texas fashion, Dr. Crosby believes fully in the importance of mentoring and feels that individuals who are successful need three kinds of mentoring: “A brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants.” Being a gentle soul, though, that kick in the pants is really a confident push in the right direction."