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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2006

John Herner named Interim Director of Special Education for ISBE
Chris Koch to begin serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education

SPRINGFIELD – John Herner has been named Interim Director of Special Education for the Illinois State Board of Education beginning Nov. 20, 2006.

He will fill the position of Dr. Chris Koch who will begin serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education. It was announced in August 2006, that Koch would begin serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education when Superintendent Randy Dunn leaves ISBE to serve as president of Murray State University in Kentucky.

Herner served as Director of Special Education for the Ohio Department of Education for nine years. He has more recently worked as an independent consultant and project director of the University of Dayton. He has experience as an evaluation specialist, teacher and administrator.

“We are pleased to welcome a professional of the caliber of John Herner to the Illinois State Board of Education and look forward to the leadership he will provide in the area of Special Education,” Koch said.

Herner earned his education degree at Bowling Green State University and his master’s degree at Ohio State University.

Herner has served as president of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education; as a member of the Presidential Commission on Conditions for Special Education Teaching, Council for Exceptional Children; president of the Ohio Council for Administrators of Special Education; and as a member of the Professional Standards and Practices Standing Committee, Council for Exceptional Children.

Herner was honored in 2004 as National Association of State Directors of Special Education Heritage Award, 2004; in 1990 as the Thomas A. Bankston Lifetime Achievement Award; in 1987 as Harold F. Hilty Humanitarian Award; and in 1975 as Ohio Special Education Administrator of the Year.

His community service has included serving as president of the Board of Trustees of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dayton.

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