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Title P-20 Council 
Website http://p20council.illinois.gov 
Contact Name Lizanne DeStefano 
Contact Title director of I-STEM at the University of Illinois 
Contact Phone 217-333-9625  
Contact Email  
Function The purpose of this council is to study and make recommendations concerning education at all levels in order to avoid fragmentation of policies, promote improved teaching and learning, and continue to cultivate and demonstrate strong accountability and efficiency. 
Term Staggered terms expiring on July 1 of the first, second, or third calendar year following their appointments or until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Staggered terms shall be determined by lot.  
Senate Confirmation No 
Composition 1) Four members of the General Assembly:
One appointed by the Speaker of the House;
one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House;
one appointed by the President of the Senate;
and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate. 2) Six at-large members appointed by the Governor as follows a) One representative of civic leaders;
b) One representative of local government;
c) One representative of nonprofit organizations or foundations;
d) One representative of trade unions;
e) One representative of parents' organizations;
and f) One education research expert;
3) Five members appointed by statewide business organizations and business trade associations;
4) Six members appointed by statewide professional organizations and associations representing pre-kindergarten through grade 20 teachers, community college faculty, and public university faculty;
5) Two members appointed by associations representing local school administrators and school board members;
6) One member representing community colleges, appointed by the ICC President;
7) One Member representing 4-year independent colleges and universities, appointed by a statewide organization representing private institutions of higher learning;
8) One member representing public 4-year universities, appointed jointly by the university presidents and chancellors;
9) Ex-officio members from the following State agencies, boards, commissions, and councils:
a) State Superintendent of Education or his/her designee;
b) Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education or his/her designee;
c) President and Chief Executive Officer of the ICCB or his/her designee;
d) Executive Director of the ISAC or his/her designee;
e) The Co-chairpersons of the Illinois WIB or their designee;
f) Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or his/her designee;
g) Chairperson of the Illinois Early Learning Council or his/her designee;
h) President of the Illinois Mathmatics and Science Academy or his/her designee. 
Chair The Governor or his/her designee 
Authority 105 ILCS 5/22-45 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Appointed By Position County Title
Anderson, Karen      Statute  Ex-Officio, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Community College Board  None   
Berman, Harry      Statute  Ex-Officio, Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education  None   
Bullock, Ronald  07/01/2013  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Cook   
Cargie, Nora  07/01/2015  12/30/2013  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Cook   
Currie, Barbara Flynn  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  Speaker of the House  Member  Cook  State Representative 
Del Valle, Miguel  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  Governor  Chair  Cook   
Eddy, Roger   07/01/2014  02/06/2013  Governor  Member, School Admin/Board  Crawford   
Gieseke, Gaylord  07/01/2016  06/03/2013  Governor  Member, Education Organization  Cook   
Hawley, Theresa      Statute  Ex-Officio, Chairperson, Illinois Early Learning Council  None   
Hilgendorf, Kurt  07/01/2014  09/27/2013  Governor  Member, Education organization  Cook   
Holtschneider, Dennis  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, University and College Member  Cook   
Hunt, Erika  07/01/2014  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Educational Researcher  McLean   
Johnson, Christine  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  Senate Minority Leader  Member  DeKalb  State Senator 
Karon, Joyce  07/01/2015  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, School Admin/Board  Lake   
Kasperski, Debra  07/01/2016  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Education Organization  Bureau   
Koch, Christopher      Statute  Ex-Officio, State Board of Education  None   
Lightford, Kimberly  07/01/2015  01/12/2011  President of the Senate  Member  None  State Senator 
Lowitzki, David  07/01/2016  10/17/2014  Governor  Member, SEIU  Cook   
Luczak, John  07/01/2013  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Non-profit Organization  Cook   
Meyer, Cordelia  12/15/2011  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Cook   
Mitchell, Jerry  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  House Minority Leader  Member  Whiteside  State Representative 
Mitchell, Melissa  07/01/2014  06/03/2013  Governor  Member, Education Organization  Cook   
Owens, Jeffrey  12/15/2011  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Peoria   
Parrott, Sharon  12/15/2012  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, University and College Member  Cook   
Plouche, Cynthia  07/01/2013  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Lake   
Pollet, Adam      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director, DCEO  None   
Poshard, Glen  07/01/2013  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, University and College Member  Jackson  President- Southern Illinois University 
Prussing, Laurel  07/01/2016  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Local Government  Champaign   
Ramage, Thomas  07/01/2014  02/06/2013  Governor  Member, College and University Member  Champaign   
Rico, John  07/01/2016  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Business Organization  Will   
Rico, John      Statute  Ex-Officio, Workforce Investment Board  None   
Russell, Jane  07/01/2014  10/31/2012  Governor  Member, Education Organization  Cook   
Soglin, Audrey  07/01/2015  09/27/2012  Governor  Member, Education Organization  Cook   
Steans, Robin  07/01/2015  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Civic Organization  Cook   
Strauss, Debra  07/01/2016  12/08/2009  Governor  Member, Parents Organization  Cook   
TBD      Statute  Ex-Officio, Workforce Investment Board  None   
Tipsord, Gary  07/01/2016  10/17/2014  Governor  Member, School Admin/Board  McLean   
Veal, Cathy      Statute  Ex-Officio, President, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy  None   
Zarnikow, Eric      Statute  Ex-Officio, Executive Director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission  None   

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