NORMAL — A longtime Central Illinois educator has been selected to take over as superintendent of the Illinois State University lab schools.
Dana Kinley, 54, will replace interim Superintendent Ty Wolf on July 1.
Wolf was appointed interim of the lab schools last year when Jeff Hill left the post to become superintendent of Morton Community School District 709. The lab schools include University High School and Thomas Metcalf School, both in Normal.
Kevin Lauder, interim dean of the College of Education at ISU, said Kinley was selected for her strong communication skills and ability to forge relationships.
"She has worked in a variety of leadership capacities and has consistently displayed the use of empirical evidence and shared governance in her decision-making process," said Lauder in an email.
Always having a desire to work in public schools, at the state level and in higher education, Kinley said this was the natural next step.
“The lab schools bring those areas together; I can stay working with public school students and staff while working in the college of education as well,” she said.
Kinley said she hopes to bring a “good understanding of policy and practice” to the schools while “connecting the knowledge of practice and theory together.”
“ISU is an outstanding organization for preparing teachers and administrators. Getting to be a part of that is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to meeting the students, families and staff,” she said.
The annual salary for the position is $135,000.
Kinley, who resides in Springfield, is leaving Jacksonville School District 117 where she has been assistant superintendent since 2012. Prior to that position, Kinley worked for the Illinois State Board of Education for eight years in the legal department, for curriculum and instruction and as a principal consultant. She also has served as a principal and teacher.
Kinley earned her doctorate and masters degrees in education from the University of Illinois-Urbana. She said she and her family will move to the Twin City area later this summer.