Illinois JEA

IJEA Administrator of the Year Award

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Honoring Administrators Who Stand Up for Student Media

Online Nomination Form

March 15 Submission Deadline


Each year, the Illinois Journalism Education Association honors an administrator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to scholastic journalism and a free press. IJEA seeks to honor those who have:

• Actively supported advisers and journalism teachers
• Actively supported opportunities for interaction with student staffs, advisers and teachers
• Cultivated and maintained positive working relations with student staffs, advisers and teachers
• Fostered an awareness of educational and career opportunities in journalism and media
• Recognized outstanding performance in and outstanding support for scholastic media

Annual Deadline: March 15

The award is presented at the annual All-State Journalism luncheon in June, held in Springfield in conjunction with the Illinois Press Foundation. IJEA members are encouraged to submit nominations.

How to Nominate a Candidate

You may nominate a candidate by using our online nomination form below. Please note that we no longer use PDF forms for award nominations.

Online Form

Click here to access the online nomination form for this award.

IJEA Administrator of the Year Award Winners

Twelve administrators have received this honor, including two in 2014. Help us expand this roster by nominating an administrator you know who advocates and defends a strong student press!


Brett Elliott
Richwoods High School (Peoria, Peoria County)

2014 (two winners)

Mark Eckmann
Belvidere North High School (Belvidere, Boone County)

Michele Sinclar
Mattoon High School (Mattoon, Coles County)


Dave Johnson
Huntley High School (Huntley, McHenry County)


Tina Cantrell
John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, Cook County)


Charles McCormick
Kaneland Community High School (Maple Park, Kane County)


Richard Kirchner
Belvidere North High School (Belvidere, Boone County)


Fred Schouten
Reavis High School (Burbank, Cook County)


Thomas Campbell
Taylorville High School (Taylorville, Christian County)


Kassie Patton
University of Illinois Laboratory High School (Urbana, Champaign County)


Jim Butler
Harrisburg High School (Harrisburg, Saline County)


Charles Dill
Johnsburg High School (Johnsburg, McHenry County)


Official site: Illinois Journalism Education Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
IJEA Administrator of the Year Award