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April 15, 2002

Chicago Native is new Manager with State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education’s new manager of the Specialized Support division is a Chicago native who brings over 20 years of experience in local schools, higher education institutions, and federal agencies.

“This is a very important leadership position in the agency,” said State Superintendent of Education Respicio Vazquez. “We conducted a wide search to find the best person to provide leadership in this key area, and I am pleased that we were able to convince Dr. Anthony Sims to bring his skills and expertise to this task.”

Sims will join the agency April 22. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Special Education Department of the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, he was Public Health Advisor in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Sims’ career includes more than ten years working in the areas of mental health and special education in Montgomery County, Maryland, most recently as a Behavior and Evaluation Specialist for the Montgomery County Schools. He has led or conducted numerous research studies on education policy issues, including special education and school-to-work.

Several state and federal agencies, universities and education organizations have utilized his services as a consultant on education and public health issues. He has also conducted many workshops and conference presentations on educational issues, including special education, school culture, discipline and behavior intervention, and school/community collaboration. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Sims holds a School Psychologist certificate and is a National Certified Counselor. He will join the agency April 22.

Special Services includes the agency work units on Special Education Services, Special Education Compliance, English Language Learning and New Learning Opportunities.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777