Black Leaders Today:
Theophlous A. Sims Sr.
Board Member - District4
Term: First elected 1983; Term expires 2008
Profession: Pharmacist, Sims Enterprises/ Sims Professional Pharmacy
Theophlous Aron Sims, Sr., is a registered pharmacist and president of Sims Enterprises. Born in Jefferson, Texas, Dr. Sims spent his childhood in Sherman and has been a resident of Fort Worth for many years.
Dr. Sims graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 1984, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy Certification from the National Association of Retail Druggists.
Dr. Sims says he’s happy to have been of service to his community and students for 24 years. He is proudest of the FWISD Scholar Athlete Award program which he originated.
T. A. Sims Elementary was named in his honor in 1989. Dr. Sims is married to Nancy W. Sims, also a registered pharmacist. They have three adult children.
Activities Member, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
Subscribing Life Member, NAACP
Member, National Association of School Boards; Rolling Hills Civic League Club; and Tarrant County Health Planning Council
Charter Founding Member and Lay Leader, Campus Drive United Methodist Church
Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Chi Delta Mu Medical Fraternity
Member, Texas Pharmaceutical Association, American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Association, and Tarrant County Pharmaceutical Association
Former member, National Institute of Health (Sickle Cell Anemia Research)
Originator of FWISD Scholar Athlete Award program
Vice President, National Alumni, Texas Southern University
Accomplishments of the Board of Education:
- Conducted a nationwide search for a new superintendent of schools resulting in the hiring of Melody A. Johnson
- Balanced District budget through reductions of $50 million over the last four years with $3 million cut from the central office alone
- Charged the District’s administrators with improving student achievement
- Developed and adopted Procedures and Standards of Practice for the Board resulting in a cohesive and committed team
- Established and utilized community advisory committees in the areas of technology, facilities, budget and audit functions
- Adopted policies that ensure transparency of operations
Reinstated music and art into the curriculum for primary grades
- Developed the first strategic performance plan with high standards and accountability measures
- Defined staff responsibilities and accountability more clearly and implemented efficient and ethical business practices
- Student and School Achievements District 4 had 140 Texas Scholars in the Class of 2007