• Twenty-one superintendents across Illinois named 2020 Superintendents of Distinction were honored this fall during a virtual ceremony. It was the sixth annual awards luncheon sponsored by Horace Mann Companies, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Principals Association.

    Superintendents of Distinction are selected by their peers in each of the 21 different IASA regions based on leadership, communication, professionalism and community involvement.

    “These extraordinary individuals truly provide exceptional leadership that elevates the success of students in their districts and are difference makers in their communities," said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. 

    A list of the 2020 winners is below:

    Abraham Lincoln: Kristen Kendrick-Weikle, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11

    Blackhawk: Ron Jacobs, Riverdale CUSD #100

    Central Illinois Valley: Dr. Chad Wagner, Elmwood CUSD #322      

    Cook North: Dr. Lori Bein, Arlington Heights SD #25

    Cook South: Dr. Courtney Orzel, Lemont-Bromberek CSD #113A

    Cook West: Dr. Carol Kelley, Oak Park ESD #97

    Corn Belt: Dr. David Mouser, Tri-Valley CUSD #3

    DuPage: Dr. Karen Sullivan, Indian Prairie CUSD #204

    Egyptian: Sarah Emery, Grayville CUSD #1

    Illini: Dr. Lindsey Hall, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3

    Kaskaskia: Aaron Hopper, Panhandle CUSD #2

    Kishwaukee: Dr. Tim Mahaffy, Fox River Grove Con SD #3

    Lake: Dr. Jason Lind, Millburn CCSD #24

    Northwest: Dr. Darryl Hogue, River Bend CUSD #2

    Shawnee: Joe Nighswander, New Simpson Hill SD #32

    Southwestern: Dr. Jeff Dosier, Belleville Twp HSD #201

    Starved Rock: Kristi Eager, Waltham CCSD #185

    Three Rivers: Dr. Don White, Mokena SD #159

    Two Rivers: Paula Hawley, Pikeland CUSD #10

    Wabash Valley: Mark Doan, Effingham CUSD #40

    Western: Stephen Wilder, Knoxville CUSD #202