FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  June 20, 2003

Contact: Cheryl Peck



Margaret Noe appointed new Access and Equal Opportunity Officer



SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Margaret Noe, assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been appointed the campus’ interim Associate Chancellor for Access and Equal Opportunity beginning July 1.  Dr. Noe replaces Lawrence Johnson, who will leave UIS at the end of June after 10 years of service.

“I am delighted that we were able to draw upon the existing talents at this university and appoint someone so well qualified for this important leadership position,” said UIS Chancellor Richard D. Ringeisen.  “She’s experienced and knowledgeable about educational issues and her legal training is an asset. Her personal commitment to inclusion and the fundamental principles of fairness and equity matches that of this administration.”

Dr. Noe holds both the Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Illinois State University and the J.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law. She has extensive experience in elementary, secondary, and higher education in Illinois. She is a former superintendent of schools at both Bourbonnais and Elmwood districts in Illinois and director of curriculum and personnel at Limestone Community High School.

Dr. Noe is familiar with education and employment law and has experience in mediation, arbitration, policy development and compliance of institutional policies and federal and state statutes,” said Dr. Ringeisen.


The office will remain under the direct supervision of the chancellor.

            “I come from a long line of family members, including my parents who were psychiatric social workers, who were dedicated to public service,” said Dr. Noe. “I believe in access to equal opportunity and fulfilling the university’s mission and vision. I welcome the opportunity to serve this campus and will be accessible and responsive to employee and student concerns.”
            Dr. Noe’s teaching assignments have been reduced so that she can assume the new responsibilities, although she will remain involved with teaching in the Educational Leadership Program and as a scholar-in-residence in UIS’ Institute for Legal, Administrative and Policy Studies. Outside the campus, she serves as an officer of the Education Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and is a regular contributor to the Educational Law Association Journal.

“The chancellor has sent a strong message that access and equal opportunity for all employees and students remains a key priority of this campus,” said Dr. Noe. “I am delighted to be working in that environment and appreciate the support. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”