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John H. Taylor, Jr.
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John H. Taylor, Jr.

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Public Policy Institute

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John Taylor is a Senior Vice President of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Delaware Public Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established to conduct research and encourage study and discussions of policies, programs and issues affecting the State of Delaware.

Mr. Taylor retired in July 2005 as the editorial page editor of The News Journal Co., a post he had held for 22 years. Before becoming editorial page editor, he had been the deputy editorial page editor for four years. Prior to that he was the Metropolitan Editor at the paper, overseeing all newsroom operations.

He joined The News Journal in 1966 as a reporter. He left the paper from 1968 to 1971 to serve as assistant to the superintendent of the Wilmington Public Schools. Before joining the newspaper he taught English and History at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Tilbury, England.

Mr. Taylor has won a number of local and national awards for his writing and community service, including the Richard DiSabatino Award for Community Service from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce;  the Helen Wise Friend of Education Award from the Delaware State Education Association and the Mark Twain Award for column writing from the Associated Press (four times). He was the 1999 recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the United Way of Delaware. He was the 2010 winner of the Haskell-Wyeth Award for his sustained contributions to education and also in 2010 Common Cause honored him for his ongoing crusades for open, responsive government. In 2013 Mr. Taylor was presented the Richard P. DiSabatino Award for Community Service by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Taylor was a founding member and former chair of the Delaware Bar, Bench, Media Conference, an organization of judges, attorneys and media representatives whose mission is to improve mutual understanding of each others’ professions.

He is a member of the the Christiana Care Board of Trustees. He is a member of the boards of the Stroud Water Research Center, the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, Serviam Media, Kids Count Delaware and the William P. Frank Foundation. He is a founding member of Vision 2015, a statewide, business-directed education reform effort in Delaware. And he is a member of the Nemours Health and Prevention Services Advisory Committee.

He is a past president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers Board of Directors and immediate past president of the NCEW Foundation Board of Trustees.