Councilman Kenson Siver is the former Deputy Superintendent for the Southfield Public Schools. He was employed by the Southfield Board of Education since 1967. A former teacher of journalism, history and English, his most recent duties included community relations, media relations, oversight of school facilities, student transportation, student registration and student discipline.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University and a Masters and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Wayne State University. Siver's community involvement includes:
- Southfield City Council member since 2001
- Magnolia Neighborhood Assn. Board of Directors -- 1974 to present; President (1980-83) Treasurer (1995 to present)
- Martin Luther King Task Force -- 1984 (Charter member) to present; Vice President (1992-96; 2007-09); Treasurer (1999 to 2005)
- Southfield Area Council PTA -- 1985 to present; Nancy Widman Award winner (1995)
- Southfield Historical Society -- 1986-1998; President (1992-98)
- South Oakland NAACP --NAACP Community Service Award (1992-93);
- Member of the Education Committee (2000-01)
- National Volunteer Day -- Southfield Coordinating Committee (1996 to present)
- National Make A Difference Day -- Southfield Coordinating Committee
- Service on various community committees & projects, including: City of Southfield 20/20, Southfield Census 2000 and Census 2010, City of Southfield Marketing Committee, city/school ethnic festivals, city history tours, and Southfield 50th Anniversary Committee
Siver is the Southfield School District historian and the author of numerous journal articles and three Southfield histories. He authored "Southfield Faces the Crucial Decades," a study of the post-World War II development in Southfield as it paralleled national trends and social forces and "A Brief History of Southfield," a work that is widely used in school classrooms in the city, and his most recent work in commemoration of the city's 50th anniversary, "SOUTHFIELD: The History of Our City in its 50th Year." This 224 page, hardbound book with 325 illustrations is available for purchase ($25) in the Southfield Neighborhood & Information Center. Proceeds go to the Southfield Community Foundation.
Additionally, Siver served as the national president of the Journalism Education Association from 1987 to 1993, was a trustee of the Michigan School Public Relations Association and a former president of the Oakland County School Public Relations Association. And finally, he is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in promoting scholastic journalism.