The Urbana School District Board of Education (BOE) is pleased to announce that it has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum as their its Superintendent of Schools.
Ivory-Tatum currently holds the position of Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Student Learning in Champaign Unit District 4, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to her work with Unit 4, she served as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EC-12) with Urbana District #116 (USD #116). She has had previous administrative experience in both Urbana and Champaign School Districts, serving as Principal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School from 2005-2013 and as an Instructional Specialist and Student Services Coordinator for PreK-5 at Champaign from 2003-2005.
Ivory-Tatum also has instructional experience, as she has taught for many years in classrooms throughout the state of Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana area schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Community Unit School District #200 in Wheaton/Warrenville. She brings a wealth of both institutional knowledge of USD #116 as well as a depth of experience working with various public and private institutions, staff, families, and students from the entire Champaign-Urbana area.
Ivory-Tatum completed her Ed.D. in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
The hiring of Dr. Ivory-Tatum follows a search for a new superintendent, which has been assisted by SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT. Committees representing staff, administrators, parents and community members interviewed each of the three finalists and give immediate input to the BOE. After conducting a second interview with each of the three finalists in early May, and going through an extensive vetting process, the BOE took formal action on the new superintendent’s contract during a special open meeting on May 19. Ivory-Tatum will begin her duties on July 1, 2019.
The BOE would like to thank the hundreds of students, staff, parents and community members who participated in the online survey, targeted focus groups, and open forums. This input helped create the Superintendent Profile that guided the BOE in this important endeavor.