Bob Jorth believes that public education is the key to transforming our communities, states
and nation so that they are dynamic places to live and work. He has seen firsthand the impact
that The Kalamazoo Promise has had on Kalamazoo, Michigan and the nation since its
He was named as the initial Executive Administrator of the Kalamazoo Promise
scholarship in March 2006 and established all of the processes, procedures and infrastructure
for the implementation of this groundbreaking nationally recognized scholarship program. He
was promoted to his current position of Executive Director in July 2013.
In Kalamazoo, he served on the Interfaith Strategies for Advocacy and Action in the Community
(ISAAC) organizing committee and executive board for 3 years. He also was head of the
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 211 board for 2 ½ years. He has a
Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor degree from
Wartburg College. He has 2 children who were educated through the Kalamazoo Public
Schools and has been a resident of Kalamazoo for over 25 years.