The American Diabetes Association North Texas has named J.D. Kennedy as chair of its community leadership board. As chair, J.D. Kennedy will provide leadership and direction to North Texas to support annual ADA goals and objectives. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. Kennedy is a retired McKinney ISD superintendent who first became involved with the ADA by spearheading a district-wide School Walk for Diabetes fundraiser.
“It’s become my mission to reduce the childhood obesity in this country,” Kennedy said in an interview this week. “We had been seeing more kids with symptoms for type 2 diabetes. It’s amazing to me that elementary and middle school kids would be developing those symptoms, not to mention type 1 diabetes and its effects on children.”
Kennedy has been an educator for the past 40 years, earning his doctorate in education after attending Baylor University as an undergraduate.
“I bleed green and gold,” he joked.
Kennedy moved to the Dallas area during the 80s and spent 17 years as a superintendent at various districts, including five years in McKinney.
He said his mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and passed away at age 82.
Speaking of his goals as chair, Kennedy said, “Personally there needs to be a focus on educating the public about the effects of diabetes. We need to work on corporate involvement in the DFW Metroplex as is has several national headquarters in the area.”
Kennedy lives with his wife in McKinney and is a grandfather of three.