Superintendent James Mitchem Jr. has been a part of Valley View School District 365U since 1980 serving as a high school physical education teacher, coach, dean, assistant principal and principal before becoming superintendent on July 1, 2011.
His VVSD career began as a PE and health teacher at both Romeoville and Bolingbrook high schools. Five years later he became Dean of Students at RHS, a position he held for nine years before becoming RHS Administrative Dean of Students for one year.
When DePaul University, Mitchem's alma mater, called on him to serve as their Director of Athletic Academic Advising, he left RHS for three years before returning to Valley View in 1999 as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at BHS. A year later he became Principal of what was then B.J. Ward Middle School in Bolingbrook. In 2002 he was named Principal of Romeoville High School and in 2006, he took over the principal's role at Bolingbrook High School, a position he held until becoming superintendent.
Mitchem holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational leadership from DePaul and has completed his Doctorate as well as his superintendent certification from Argosy University in the summer of 2011.