Jim Baumann of Lake Bluff was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA, an organization dedicated to helping people learn through challenging experiences.

For fifteen years he was with Follett Higher Education Group, serving six years as President and CEO.  He was Chair of the Board of Directors for the Golden Apple Foundation for eight years, a non-profit organization that honors and supports excellence in teaching.

Mr. Baumann serves on the Board of Advisors for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and was president of the Board of Directors for Mothers Trust Foundation.  He was the vice president of Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education and founding president of the District 65 Education Foundation.

He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government.

Mr. Baumann was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education in December 2009 by Gov. Pat Quinn and his term will expire in January 2017.  Mr. Baumann serves as Chair of the Finance and Audit committee.

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