Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall has served as the founding president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois since the school started in 1985. She has announced recently that she will retire from that post in June.
A former Superintendant of Schools in Batavia, Dr. Marshall is one of the most respected high school educators in the nation. She attended Queens College in New York and received her MA from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. She also has been given honorary doctorates from North Central College, Aurora University, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Dr. Marshall worked with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Leon Lederman, then director of FermiLab in Batavia, to lobby the Illinois General Assembly to set up ISMA in 1985. She has received many local and national awards including The Lincoln Award in 2005, the highest honor that the State of Illinois bestows on civilians. She has also served on the Education Task Force of the President's Council of Science Advisors. She has been listed by The Chicago Sun-Times as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Chicago area and she was elected to the 2002 Hall of Fame of Chicago Women's Today. In February 2006 she published a book called The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life. Dr. Marshall lives in Wheaton with her husband Robert. She has two stepchildren and five grandchildren.