Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD

Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD

Founding President, IL Math Science Academy

Dr. Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and was a president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD.)

She has worked in every level of education: superintendent of schools, a district curriculum administrator, a graduate school faculty member, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She earned a B.A. from Queens College, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from the Loyola University of Chicago. She received four honorary doctorates in science and in arts and letters. She is the author of over 35 published journal articles, an author for the Drucker Foundation’s series Organizations of the Future, an editor/author of Scientific Literacy for the 21st Century, and a contributor to 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 Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Educator’s Award.

A partial list of honors includes 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 the Loyola University of Chicago and the Pioneer Award from the Board of Trustees of IMSA. Dr Marshall received two resolutions from the Illinois General Assembly for outstanding contributions to Illinois education, and she was elected into the Illinois Hall of Fame and into 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 Clinton invited her to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Her current CGI work involves a partnership with Free The Children to build/equip the first residential secondary school for girls in Kenya’s Masai Mara. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in England and serves on the board of the Queen Noor Jubliee School’s Foundation in Jordan. She is a Trustee of the Society for Science and the Public, a member of the Advisory Board of Games for Change, and a charter member of the Advisory Board for AECT’s Initiative FutureMinds: Transforming American School Systems and The Innovation Council of Chicago.
She was not only inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois but also designated a Laureate of the Academy, the state’s highest award for achievement that “contributes to the betterment of mankind.”