David L. Fields, Ed.D. served as the superintendent of Danville District #118 for a decade, from 1991 to 2001. As superintendent, he demonstrated his fiscal responsibility when he developed a plan to reduce costs with minimal impact on students when faced with a $3.5 million deficit.
Additionally, Dr. Fields is an extremely active and productive member of his community, having served on more than 20 community organizations. Dr. Fields has won numerous civic awards, including an African American Achiever Award from the NAACP, First Citizen Award from the American Business Club and Volunteer of the Year from the Vermillion County Volunteers Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) for ten years and served as President of the Large Unit District Association (LUDA) for two years. Dr. Fields was a member of the 2008 Illinois Task Force on the African American Male, is an Executive Board Member of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative, and a member of the Illinois Leadership Team for the National Governorís Association Policy Academy for Civic Engagement of Older Adults.
He began his teaching career in 1960, as a social studies teacher at Danville High School and North Ridge Junior High.
Dr. Fields serves as the State Board’s Chair of the Education Policy Planning Committee and as a member of the Board Operations Committee. He was appointed to the State Board of Education in September 2004 and his current term will expire in January 2015.
Dr. Fields has served as a member of NASBE's Distinguished Educator Award Selection Committee and Public Education Positions Committees.