For Immediate Release
September 19, 2012

Gov. Quinn appoints new member to Illinois State Board of Education

Indian Prairie School District 204 Board President Curt Bradshaw to be sworn in

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Curt Bradshaw of Naperville to the State Board of Education. Bradshaw has spent the last seven years serving on the Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education, including a three-year stint as president.

“Mr. Bradshaw is a dedicated public servant who will strengthen our ongoing efforts to provide a world-class education to all students in Illinois,” said Gov. Pat Quinn.

Bradshaw was sworn in today at the Board’s strategic planning meeting in Bloomington. He replaces Chris Ward who stepped down previously.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Illinois’ two million students and will remain committed to achieving the best educational outcomes for each child,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw is an Indian Prairie alumnus who was elected to its school board in 2005. Highlights during his tenure include a 1.4 point increase in students’ average ACT score, construction and completion of a $125-million high school and an increased credit rating which placed Indian Prairie in the top 10 percent of districts nationally. Indian Prairie is the third largest school district in the state with an enrollment of about 30,000 students.

Bradshaw graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School and received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He earned an MBA in finance and strategic management from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Bradshaw is currently employed as senior vice president and head of product development at Nuveen Investments.

A photo of Bradshaw is available at


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