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Christopher A. Koch


Dr. Christopher A. Koch was appointed by the State Board of Education to serve as Illinois State Superintendent of Education effective December 1, 2006. Dr. Koch has been with the Illinois State Board of Education since 1994, serving in a variety of administrative capacities, including Director of Special Education and the states’ Chief Education Officer.

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Stevie Chepko

Senior Vice President, Accreditation

Dr. Stevie Chepko has been a teacher educator for over 30 years in addition to her years teaching in the public schools. A hallmark of Stevie’s professional service has been the development of materials that engage practitioners, reflect best practices in the field, and provide guidance on the development of quality assessments. She served as the chair of the task force to revise the Initial Physical Education Teacher Standards, co-chaired the Eastern District Association Guidelines and Assessment project, and served on the SASB of NCATE and the National Curriculum and Standards Guideline Committee. She has served NCATE as a reviewer and auditor.

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Scott Jackson Dantley

Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Global Initiatives

Scott Jackson Dantley, Ph.D. has a long history of administrative experience in accreditation and higher education. He has held executive level positions in higher education as a tenured Professor and Dean, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President at several universities over the last 15 years overseeing areas in Assessment, institutional research, and national and regional accreditation. He is the past Vice President of Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is responsible for recognizing approximately 60 accreditors.

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Thanh Tran

Chief Financial Officer

In his role as chief financial officer, Tran is responsible for all aspects of the financial management for the organization, including overseeing the accounting, banking, budgeting, investment, risk management and financial planning and analysis functions.

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