Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to these alumni who are making a positive impact on the leadership and administration of education at all levels!

John W. Herrin
John W. Herrin

John W. Herrin, M.S.Ed. School Business Management, ’17, has been named finance director for Libertyville School District 70. Herrin will complete the current school year at Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46, where he has worked as the chief business administrator since May 2018. Herrin previously served as comptroller for Zion Elementary School District 6 and as the account payable and chief school business intern at Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103.

Sandra L. Niedergall
Sandra L. Niedergall

Sandra L. Niedergall, M.S.Ed. Education Leadership and Policy Studies, ’91, was inducted last fall into the Oscoda High School (Mich.) Athletic Hall of Fame. Niedergall, who has spent her professional life working in college athletics, is the senior associate athletic director at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She previously worked in athletics administrative positions at Old Dominion University and the University of Nevada-Reno, where she also served as director of the Mackay Athletics Resource Center from 1995 to 2004.

Sandy R. Ozimek
Sandy R. Ozimek

Sandy R. Ozimek, M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership, ’09, will become superintendent for Fox River Grove School District 3 at the end of the 2020-21 school year. The principal of Algonquin Road School since 2013, Ozimek also serves as K-4 curriculum director, director of communication and English Language Learning coordinator for the district. She previously worked as an elementary teacher, a Teaching and Learning coach and coordinator of Curriculum, Assessment and Learning in other districts in Lake and McHenry counties.

Allison Sherman
Allison Sherman

Allison Sherman, who earned her Chief School Business Official endorsement from NIU in May 2018, has been named superintendent of Oak Grove Elementary School District 68. Although the appointment is effective July 1, Sherman will join the district in February as an associate superintendent to begin the transition. She currently serves as executive director of the Every Student Succeeds Act for the Illinois State Board of Education. Previously, Sherman led the launch and implementation of IL-EMPOWER and served in administrative roles in Marquardt District 15 and Indian Prairie District 204.

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