Shawn E. Jeffers, president and CEO of Hope School, will deliver the address at the University of Illinois at Springfieldís Honors Convocation, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Sangamon Auditorium, located in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The annual ceremony recognizes UIS students for outstanding academic achievements in a number of categories.
Hope School, founded in 1957, is a private, nonprofit residential school that provides a comprehensive array of services for youth and children with multiple disabilities. Jeffers began as executive director at the school in 1996.
Before coming to Hope School he was associate director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (now part of the Department of Human Services). His previous positions also include facility director for the Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Development Center, Anna, Illinois, and assistant director for the Chester Mental Health Center, Chester, Illinois. Jeffers additionally serves on the boards of a number of professional and nonprofit organizations at the state and local level.
Currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration at UIS, Jeffers holds a masterís degree in that subject from Northern Illinois University and a bachelorís degree in Psychology from Aurora University.
Jeffers is originally from the Chicago area. He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of three children.
Following the convocation, a reception for all graduates and their guests will be held in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.