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IMSA Announces Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius as Board Chair Pro Tem

Contact:  Cathe Stieg
Community & Alumni Relations Coordinator

Aurora, IL, May 17, 2017 – The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius has assumed the position of IMSA Board Chair Pro Tem replacing Sheila MB Griffin who stepped down as Board Chairman effective May 10, 2017.  Griffin, a founding member of IMSA’s Board of Trustees, will remain on the Board until her term expires in October 2017.

“We thank and honor Chairman Griffin for her tremendous service as IMSA’s Board Chair for the past three years and service as a Trustee for the past 32 years,” said IMSA President Dr. José Torres.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Olszewski-Kubilius step up as Chair Pro Tem,” stated Dr. Torres, explaining that “Paula’s deep knowledge of IMSA, gifted education, and strong commitment to leadership will serve IMSA well during this transition.”

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly for under-represented gifted students. She has served as editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and editorial review board member for Gifted and Talented International, The Roeper Review, and Gifted Child Today. She is a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and serves on the advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is the immediate past president of the National Association for Gifted Children from whom she received the Early Scholar Award in 1987, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the GCQ Paper of the Year Award in 2011.

In accordance with Board governance policies, Dr. Olszewski-Kubilius, who was serving as 1st Vice-Chairman, moves into the position of Board Chairman on the vacancy left by Griffin.  Dr. Erin W. Roche, attending to the role of 2nd Vice-Chairman, steps up to the 1st Vice-Chairman position.


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