SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

September 12, 2009 12:00 ET

Audrey Soglin Named Executive Director of Illinois Education Association

SPRINGFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - September 12, 2009) - Illinois' largest education employees' union has named a former teacher and local association president with strong education reform credentials as executive director.

The Board of Directors for the Illinois Education Association-NEA (IEA) on Friday, September 11, voted unanimously to hire Audrey Soglin of Evanston as IEA Executive Director.

Soglin succeeds Jo Anderson, who left IEA in April to take a position with the US Department of Education. IEA Field Services Director, Patti Hodges has served as interim Executive Director since Anderson's departure.

Audrey Soglin began her teaching career working with self-contained special education students. Over 25 years, she also taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades and was three times elected president of the District 65 Educators Council, an IEA affiliate local.

Soglin is uniquely qualified for the position, said IEA President Ken Swanson.

"Audrey was an outstanding teacher who knows what its like to lead a local during a crisis. She has been a major player in the drive to improve public education in Illinois. People from all the education stakeholder groups know and respect Audrey, which will serve IEA well going forward," Swanson said.

Soglin will start her new position in early October.

Soglin joined the IEA staff in 2006 as Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and serves as Executive Director of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). The Consortium is a network of Illinois school districts and professional organizations designed to improve student achievement by assisting member districts and schools to become collaborative, high performing organizations.

The Illinois Education Association-NEA is the state's largest education employees' organization with more than 133,000 members, including teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, retired education employees and students planning to become teachers. IEA is a state affiliate of the National Education Association.

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