SPRINGFIELD - Roger Eddy, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards since 2012, has informed the Association board of directors of his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2018.
The board accepted his letter of resignation on Saturday, May 13, and formed an ad hoc committee to lead a search for Eddy’s successor. IASB is one of the largest state school board associations in the country, representing 843 member school districts and nearly 6,000 elected school board members.
IASB President Phil Pritzker said the search committee will meet soon to determine the scope for the search process, as well as a timeline, candidate profile, and survey of stakeholders.
Eddy is the sixth fulltime executive director in the Association’s 104-year history.
“Just as those five talented individuals who came before him, Roger will definitely leave his mark on our organization," Pritzker said.
Prior to joining IASB, Eddy spent 31 years in education as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. He also served 10 years in the Illinois General Assembly as a state representative.
"With a long career as teacher and administrator to mesh with his experience as the “go-to” legislative voice on education, Roger was able to hit the ground at full speed when he arrived five years ago," Pritzker continued. "He has been the right person at the right time for this organization."
The president said Eddy has been instrumental in improving everything at the Association, from policy interpretation and financial stability to working with the many stakeholders of the organization. That includes the school management Alliance partners, the state board of education, and other governmental agencies and elected representatives. Eddy was a key partner in the development of the Vision 20/20 initiative, which has become a force in state policy on education, Pritzker added.
“Working to advocate for the mission of IASB has truly been a highlight of my nearly 40-year career in public education," Eddy said. "Excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education has been the vision that defines this work. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a dedicated board of directors, excellent leadership team, and a gifted staff.”