Dr. Amelia Courts has extensive leadership experience in the education sector and a track record of career accomplishments. She is a highly effective leader who excels in vision setting, consensus building, and productive systems management. Since 2013, Amelia has served as the President/CEO of The Education Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization based in West Virginia that mobilizes business and community support to advance a quality education for all West Virginia students.
Under her leadership, the Alliance has been a leader in advancing innovative workforce initiatives including the Governor’s STEM Council, work-based learning programming, and career pathway initiatives.
Dr. Courts is passionate about helping develop West Virginia’s human capital by investing in our students. By working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and a dedicated team, she has grown The Education Alliance programs to serve more than 176,000 students over the past five years and leverage $6.7 million dollars for students. Program data shows that 70% of students showed academic improvement and 49% increased career readiness. Two key initiatives include: the WV Ready Work-based Learning initiative that provides quality, real-world career readiness courses for high school students; and the Education Alliance AmeriCorps Mentoring program that provides a caring adult role-model to help struggling students succeed in school.
Prior to coming to the Alliance, Amelia served as Assistant State Superintendent at the West Virginia Department of Education and is both locally and internationally local experienced. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for approximately six years in Japan and China, and at Marshall University. She speaks fluent Japanese and Chinese. Amelia completed her doctoral degree in Education Administration at West Virginia University.
Dr. Courts serves as an Emeritus Board of Directors member for the West Virginia Children’s Home Society and is a member of the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Council. In 2020, she completed a certificate in Successful Negotiation with University of Michigan and in 2022, completed a fellowship with the Appalachian Leadership Institute. Amelia is active in her local church youth program, and along with her husband, is the proud parent of two children.