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Stephanie Pace Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®--the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) She was the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the world’s largest international education associations. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher as well as an inspiring speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, STEM education and talent development, innovation, and the design of generative and life-affirming learning environments and institutions that ignite and nurture the goodness and genius within each child.

Dr. Marshall has held leadership positions in every level of education: superintendent of schools, district curriculum administrator, a graduate school faculty member, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She earned a B.A. from Queens College (New York), an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, and she received four honorary doctorates in science and in arts and letters.

She is the author of over 40 published journal articles, an author for the Drucker Foundation’s series Organizations of the Future, an editor and author of Scientific Literacy for the 21st Century, and a contributor to the National Research Council’s publication, Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U. S. High Schools. She is featured in the book, Leaders Who Dare: Pushing the Boundaries and is the inspiration behind the novel, Smart Alex, a story of an adolescent girl talented in mathematics. Her book, The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life, received the 2007 Educator’s Award from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her leadership, including the Distinguished Service Award from the U. S. Marine Corp, the Woman Extraordinaire Award from the International Women’s Association, the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Loyola University of Chicago, the Damen Award from the Graduate School of Loyola University, and the Pioneer Award from the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Dr. Marshall received two resolutions from the Illinois General Assembly for outstanding contributions to Illinois education, and was elected into the Illinois Hall of Fame and the inaugural Hall of Fame of Chicago Women’s Today. The Chicago Sun Times selected her as one of the ten most powerful women in education and one of the 100 most powerful women in Chicago. She was recognized by the R J R Nabisco Corporation as one of the nation’s most innovative educational leaders and by the National Association of School Boards as one of North America’s “100 Top School Executives.”

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. President William Jefferson Clinton invited her to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan cadre of "the world's most influential leaders committed to strengthening the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” Her initial CGI work involved a partnership with Toronto-based Free The Children to build and equip the first residential secondary school for girls in the Massai Mara in Kenya. Kisaruni High School for Girls opened in 2011 and held its first graduation of the charter class in December, 2014. Her current CGI work is a partnership with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to transform South Africa’s educational system and ensure rural and township students have access to a high quality education. As a partner with EduQ8 International and using the educational design described in her book, “The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life,” she’s leading in the design, development and creation of a prototype learning village, part of a generative educational ecosystem that develops the intellectual and creative potential of children to wisely solve the hyper-complex problems in our world. Integral to this ecosystem is the creation of an i-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) academy.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce in London, England and served on the board of the Queen Noor Jubliee School’s Foundation in Amman, Jordan. She is a founding trustee of Ubiquity University, targeting 180 million millennial students around the world, to grant globally affordable certificates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Ubiquity uses a whole person/whole system/whole planet approach to learning that is competency-driven, inquiry-based, problem-centered and integrative, and prepares students to create the careers of the future. She is a Trustee of the Society for Science and the Public; a founding advisor of the Massive Change Network (a global change initiative of internationally recognized designer, Bruce Mau); an educational advisor to WIGUP (When I Grow UP), Canada’s first interactive educational Web 2.0 learning channel; the American Psychological Association’s Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics & Technology; and the GEMS World Academy in Chicago.

Dr. 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 a member of the Board of Directors of Sentry Insurance, the Tellabs Foundation, the IMSA Fund for the Advancement of Education, and is a Vice-President of The Fry Foundation in Chicago. She continues to consult with national and international institutions, foundations, policy leaders and practitioners as an advisor, and strategic partner—helping others to create conditions that require a re-design of their institutions and programs by moving possibilities to practice.

As a result of her achievements, she was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois (2005) and was designated a Laureate of the Academy, the state’s highest award for achievement that “contributes to the betterment of mankind.” In 2012, she was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a Regent of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and in 2014, she was elected Vice Chancellor. She will become Chancellor in 2018, the first woman ever to serve in this role.

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