Carlyn Shank

Carlyn ShankCurrent Location: Springfield, IL
Hometown: Riverton, IL

UIS Degrees: M.P.A. 2006 (Public Administration), Certificate in Management of Non-Profits Organizations, 2006
Other Degrees: B.S. 1997, Northwestern University; Music Theatre Certificate, 1997

Current Position
Director of Audience Development and Communication at Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield

Career Highlights
“Helping open the renovated Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and expanding education and outreach programs at Sangamon Auditorium at UIS.”

Memories of SSU/UIS
“UIS was very accommodating to me as a mid-career master’s student. Through some of my time working on my degree, I was commuting to Bloomington, IL for work, so the evening classes were essential to my completion of the degree. Additionally, many times I was able to connect the class projects directly to the professional work I was doing, which was invigorating for both my work and my studies.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“My studies at UIS helped affirm and give direction to decisions I was already making in my professional career. I am a much better manager and much more strategic in my finance decisions as a result of my UIS studies.”

Interesting Fact
“Almost all of my recreational pursuits involve the performing arts, but perhaps the most interesting one is that I used to play keyboard in a Billy Joel cover band aptly titled Silly Joel.”

Posted on September 28, 2015