Officers of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The officers of the Academy serve four-year terms. They are: the principal executive officer, known as the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Executive Director. The incumbent Governor of Illinois always serves as President of the Academy.



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    Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall


    Office HolderRegent

    CommitmentSustaining Member

    TitleFounding President and President Emerita

    Home City and StateBurr Ridge, IL

    Brief BiographyFounding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and including Burr Ridge; Founding president of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International; a director on numerous boards including: the FRY Foundation (Chicago); the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education; The Society for Science and the Public (D.C.), and Ubiquity University; Earned Ph.D from Loyola University of Chicago. Received the Order of Lincoln and became a Lincoln Laureate in 2005. In 2016, Dr. Marshall was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

Vice Chancellor


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    Ethel Holladay


    Home City and StateDuQuoin IL

    Brief BiographyLife long resident and community leader in southern Illinois. Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Education Association.


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    Courtney C. Shea


    Office HolderRegent

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyHolds degrees with high honors from Notre Dame, Loyola, and University of Chicago. An extensive career working in state and private banking and finance to foster creative financing solutions.

Chancellor Emeritus

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    The Honorable John B. Simon

    OfficerChancellor Emeritus

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleJustice, Appellate Court, First District

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPast president of Chicago Bar Association; Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission; B.S. University of Wisconsin and J.D. DePaul University, served on the Law Review.

Executive Director

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    Julie A. Kellner

    OfficerExecutive Director

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyA Trustee and the Executive Director of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Involved in several community efforts including the University of Illinois at Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois. Graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield.

Internationally recognized educator Stephanie Pace Marshall installed as the first woman to lead the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Stephanie Pace MarshallSPRINGFIELD – Internationally recognized educator Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall has been installed as the Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the organization that annually bestows the state’s highest honor, The Order of Lincoln. Marshall, a past recipient of the honor, becomes the first woman to lead the Lincoln Academy in its 52-year history.

“A society is often judged by what and who it chooses to honor. Through the Lincoln Academy, Illinois has chosen to honor those whose life’s work has made us all better and moved humanity forward,” Marshall said. “I am deeply honored to serve as the Academy’s next Chancellor.”

Marshall was named to the uncompensated post by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. She succeeds outgoing Chancellor William Bennett. The Chancellor sets direction for the Lincoln Academy, oversees the nomination of individuals to receive The Order of Lincoln Award, and hosts the annual Laureate and Student Laureate Convocations.

Marshall is recognized internationally as a pioneering educational leader, speaker and writer. She is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; the Founding President of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology; and past president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, International. She has held leadership positions at every level of education, has written more than 40 journal articles, and is the author of the award-winning book, The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life.

Marshall was invited to become a member of the Illinois Hall of Fame; the Clinton Global Initiative; the State of the World Forum; and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. She serves as a Trustee of the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC and is a director of the Fry Foundation in Chicago. She is a member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executive Club, and the Chicago Network. Marshall holds a BA from Queens College of New York, an MA from the University of Chicago and a PH.D from Loyola University of Chicago.

As a result of her achievements, Marshall was awarded The Order of Lincoln by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2005, the state’s highest award for achievement for those who were either born or reside in the state. She was appointed as a trustee of the Lincoln Academy in 2012 and as Vice Chancellor in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Marshall was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Additional biographical information can be found at

Since 1964 the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization, has honored the outstanding contributions of living Illinois citizens who by birth or residence have advanced the social, cultural and technological progress of mankind. Chaired by the incumbent Illinois Governor, the Academy also annually recognizes young Illinois leaders and names them Student Laureates of the Academy, one senior from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting public and private colleges and universities and one representing the state’s community colleges.