Stephanie Pace Marshall
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Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall is an educator and the founding president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is also the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST).
Marshall received a BA from Queens College, City University of New York, a MA in Curriculum and Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. She holds three Honorary Doctorates from Illinois Wesleyan University, Aurora University, and North Central College.
Marshall has held numerous statewide leadership positions including President of the Illinois Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, a member of the Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, Chairman of the State Board of Education’s Gifted Policy Advisory Committee, member of the Resource Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago, and a member of the National Commission for the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has taught at every educational level from elementary school through the doctoral level and has served as a member of the graduate faculty at National Louis University and Loyola University Chicago.
In 1993, Marshall was elected President of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the largest educational leadership organization in the world (over 175,000 members). Marshall was a consultant to the United States Department of Education’s Overseas Schools, and also to the Near East School Administrators. She continues to consult internationally and is currently working with the Government of South Australia on a major project called Learning to Learn.
Formerly the superintendent of schools in Batavia, Illinois, Marshall left her position in 1985 to found IMSA in nearby Aurora, Illinois. Working with Dr. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1988) and director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Marshall worked with the Illinois General Assembly to open a school that would specifically build talent in mathematics, science, and technology. She currently serves as president emeritus of IMSA.
She served as an advisor to the Education Task Force of the President’s Council of Science Advisors, as a member of the National Policy Council, the National Forum for Educational Organizational Leaders, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Advanced Study in Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools.
She has served as the Chairman of the Great Lakes District Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, and as a member of the Commissioning Committee of the USS Abraham Lincoln. At the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev, she became a member of the State of The World Forum, an international “think-tank” designed to study and resolve issues impacting global sustainability. She has addressed the Forum on several occasions on issues of educational transformation.
Stephanie Pace Marshall was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2005 in the area of Education.
Marshall is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences Committee on Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science. She is a fellow in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in the UK. At the invitation of Queen Noor of Jordan, she joined the Board of Directors of the Queen Noor Jubilee School in Amman, Jordan (2002).
Marshall is a member of numerous corporate and civic groups in Chicago including the Economic Club, The Commercial Club, The Executives Club, and The Chicago Network. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tellabs, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of Sentry Insurance, and is a Vice-President of The Fry Foundation in Chicago. She also serves as an international consultant, keynote speaker and writer on issues critical to educational transformation. After the election of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2002, she was appointed to be a member of his transition team.
Her book, The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life, was published (Jossey-Bass Publishers) in February 2006.
She is a contributor to the National Academy of Sciences book, Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U. S. High Schools (2002), and a chapter author for the book Organizations for the Future, published by the Drucker Foundation. She is also a chapter author for Scientific Literacy for the 21st Century. Dr. Marshall has published articles on educational innovation, educational leadership, gifted education, and mathematics and science reform.