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Michael Jacoby
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News Release

Contact: Christine Kiracofe, NIU College of Education
(815) 753-3404

January 22, 2007

NIU honors former Geneva
superintendent of schools

DeKalb — Michael Jacoby, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, is the recipient of the 2006 Getschman Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University.

This accolade, given in honor of Keith Getschman, is awarded annually to an alumnus of the NIU College of Education’s educational administration program who has made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the field of educational administration.

Jacoby, an educator for 26 years, completed his doctorate in educational administration in 1993. He recently served as superintendent of Geneva Community Unit School District 304, and has been an adjunct professor at NIU for 13 years.

The award presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, during a ceremony at the NIU-Naperville campus. An hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Joseph Murphy, associate dean and professor of education at Vanderbilt University, will deliver a keynote address on learning-focused leadership. The event is open to the public.

To RSVP, call Amelia Gould at (815) 753-4404 by Thursday, March 1. Call Christine Kiracofe at (815) 753-3404 for more information.

Jacoby’s career includes six years in the classroom, 16 years as a chief school business official and four years as a superintendent. He lives in Geneva with Heidi, his wife of 25 years, where together they have raised three children.

He graduated in 1980 from the University of Iowa with a degree in music education and became the director of vocal music at Morris Community High School in Morris, Ill.

In 1985, he completed a master’s degree in educational administration from Illinois State University and shortly thereafter became the assistant superintendent for business in Geneva. The focus of his research as an NIU doctoral student was teaching and learning, primarily directed toward the incidence and impact of internal and external teacher moonlighting on the teaching and learning process.

As the chief school business official and subsequently as superintendent, Jacoby had the opportunity to guide his school district through enrollment growth exceeding 230 percent. That growth required him to develop and guide eight school referendums for educational facilities and funding, which included 12 separate referendum questions over 20 years.

In addition, he negotiated seven teacher contracts while serving on negotiation teams in Geneva. Five of those contracts were bargained under an innovative “interest bargaining” model developed by the administrative team with his guidance and involvement.

For 16 consecutive years during his tenure in Geneva, he received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from ASBO International and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Prior to leaving Geneva for his current position, Jacoby assisted the board of education, the district and the community in developing a 2020 Facilities Master Plan to delineate long-term strategies to address continuing enrollment growth and the build-out of the community. He also commissioned the Student Safety and Well Being Task Force as well as Viking PRIDE (Proud Retired and other Individuals Dedicated to Education).

He served as president of Illinois ASBO in 1999 and 2000, and currently is chairman of the Association for School Business Officials International Editorial Board for School Business Affairs. He has authored numerous articles and has been a presenter at 29 state, national and international conferences on the subjects of multi-year budgeting, school business management and ethical leadership.

He also was one of the authors of the ASBO International Standards for School Business Administrators, which subsequently have become the Illinois standards.

Jacoby currently serves on the board of directors of the Geneva History Center, the Illinois Energy Consortium, the Illinois Liquid Asset Fund and is chairman of the elder board at Fox Valley Bible Church.

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