Dr. Kevin O’Mara, associate professor of educational leadership at Concordia University Chicago, was named to Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s educational transition team. The committee, made up of advocacy group leaders, university officials, lawmakers and other subject-matter experts from around Illinois, will serve in an advisory role for the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration.
Dr. O’Mara joined Concordia University Chicago in 2017 after having retired as superintendent at Argo Community High School, following 30 years in public K-12 education as a teacher and principal. His many accomplishments include serving as a U.S. State Department Fulbright Foundation candidate stationed to Argentina, as the Illinois High School Organization president and executive director, and on the Illinois Association of School Administrators board of directors.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to help Gov.-elect Pritzker define his education plan for the students and families of Illinois,” O’Mara said. “I believe, as he does, that every child deserves the same opportunity for a great education, no matter their skin color, how much money their family has or where they live. This is an important first step toward making Illinois the best place for students to learn and grow.”
The Pritzker transition’s Educational Success Committee is chaired by state Sen. Andy Manar, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson and Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin.
Dr. O’Mara is the son of two teachers, father to three wonderful children and husband to his wife of 30 years, Sharon. He continues to advocate for schools and children across the state of Illinois every day.