Dr. James Hickey
Dr. James Hickey (Scholars Society) initiated into the Zeta-Alpha chapter at Wagner College, where he served as Prytanis, Hegemon, and Histor. A graduate of TKE Leadership Academy IV, Frater Hickey was named a “Top Teke” in 1993 and is the 1994 recipient of the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award from the TKE Educational Foundation.
A Life Loyal Teke, Dr. Hickey served as the Zeta-Alpha Board of Advisors Chairman and was President of the Zeta-Alpha Alumni Association. Over the years, he has attended numerous Conclaves, Regional Leadership Conferences and Province Forums.
In the mid-1990s, Frater Jim was a Rush Coach visiting chapters in the Northeast. He has served on the TKE Education Committee and co-chaired the Leadership Academy Campaign.
He was named a Volunteer of the Month in 2009, a facilitator for Leadership Academy XXIV in 2010, admitted into the Order of the North in 2014 and is currently a member of the Grand Council’s Board Development and Personnel Committees.
Dr. Hickey holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. Recognized in 2009 as the New Jersey Principal of the Year, Dr. Hickey was formerly principal of one of the largest public high schools in the nation. On July 1, 2013, Frater Jim was appointed the tenth headmaster of Austin Preparatory School, an independent day school in Reading, MA. In 2014, Frater Jim was invested as a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an organization with 13,500 members worldwide that provides humanitarian relief and medical assistance in more than 120 countries. The Order, granted the status of Permanent Observer to the United Nations, is recognized as a sovereign entity under international law.
In addition, he volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations including the Wagner College Alumni Association, the Burbank YMCA and the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.
A member of the Grand Council since 2009, he served as Grand Pylortes from 2009–2011, Grand Hypophetes from 2011–2013, Grand Histor from 2013–15, Grand Crysophylos from 2015-17, and Grand Epiprytanis from 2017-2019.
A lifelong donor to the TKE Educational Foundation, Frater Jim is a proud husband and dad of four—three of whom are destined to become Tekes.