Today I visited with Dr. Charles Akins, who has served for more than ten years on the Board of the Austin Public Education Foundation. Dr. Akins was a treasured member of this Board not only because of his knowledge and history with AISD, but also because of his warmth, humor and wisdom. He will be sorely missed.
Dr. Akins has served AISD for more than 50 years, and Akins High School is named after him. After being recognized as Teacher of the Year just three years in to his teaching career, he was selected to be the first African American teacher at Johnson High School. He went on to serve in many school and district leadership positions, including principal of L.C. Anderson High School and Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs and Associate Superintendent for Development and Community Partnerships.