Board of Trustees
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees consisting of 13 appointed voting members and four positional non-voting members. The members, specified in the IMSA Law, include:
- Three representatives of the scientific community in Illinois, appointed by the Governor
- Three representatives of the Illinois private industrial sector, appointed by the Governor
- Two representatives of the general public at large, appointed by the Governor
- Two representatives of Higher Education, one of whom must be a Dean of Education, appointed by the Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education
- Three representatives of Secondary Education, one of whom must be a mathematics or science teacher, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education
- Four ex-officio non-voting members: the State Superintendent of Education, the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board, the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education, and the Superintendent of Schools in the school district in which IMSA is located.
IMSA Trustees focus on strategic direction and policy, not day-to-day operations. The Board selects and evaluates the IMSA President who is the chief executive officer of the Academy and the chief administrative officer of the Board, responsible for all the administrative functions, duties and needs of the Board.
Beyond their responsibilities specified in the IMSA Law and in IMSA Board Policies, Trustees advance and support the Academy in other ways, for example, as guest speakers for special events, members of the Strategic Planning Team, expert resources on particular issues, ambassadors for IMSA in their respective networks, and donors to the IMSA Fund for Advancement Education.
Board members may be contacted by sending correspondence to the individual, c/o Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506.
The full Board meets approximately six times a year. Board of Trustee Regular and Executive Committee FY21 Meeting Dates
Meeting Agendas and Mintues
The IMSA Board of Trustees Meeting agendas and meeting minutes are available to the public on the Board Docs website.
IMSA’s Cabinet in conjunction with Dr. Torres, directs IMSA’s mission and vision. As the executive leadership team for the Academy, they ensure that IMSA achieves its goals for each year and that faculty and staff have the tools necessary to perform at the highest level.
The Cabinet includes:
- Dr. José M. Torres – President and CEO
- Ms. Katie Berger – Chief Student Affairs Officer
- Ms. Traci D. Ellis, JD – Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Equity Officer, Chief Legal Officer
- Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson – Principal & Chief Academic Officer
- Dr. Norman “Storm” Robinson, III – Chief Innovation and Education Officer
- Ms. Alexis R. Thomas, JD – Chief Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives Officer