The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) has elected Dr. Marleis Trover as a new member of their board of directors. CTBA is a bi-partisan 501(c)(3) research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive tax, spending and economic policies.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Trover as a new member of our board of directors. She not only brings a wealth of knowledge about public education policy, but a firm and passionate commitment to serving the common good,” said Ralph Martire, executive director of CTBA and a commissioner on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.
Dr. Marleis Trover is chair of the Educational Leadership Department of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. She teaches educational leadership classes in finance, and supervision and is a consultant to the Consortia for Educational Change. She has taught educational leadership courses at McKendree University in Lebanon, and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Dr. Trover retired as superintendent of Vienna High School in 2008. During her administrative service, she has been a unit, high school and elementary superintendent. In addition to service as a superintendent, she has been a curriculum director, principal and teacher in elementary, junior and senior high school classes.
Dr. Trover served as the 2004-2005 Illinois Association of School Administrators’ president and as a two-term governing board member of the American Association of School Administrators from 2004-2010. Also, she was a designer/facilitator for the Motorola University/Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Leadership Partnership from 1990-2005.
In addition, Dr. Trover served as facilitator for the Bill and Melinda Gates Learning Technology Grant (ILTC). The sessions were designed to integrate Data Driven School Data, Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortia Standards (ISLLC) and Baldrige Criteria for Systemic Educational Change and Innovation and increased student achievement.
Dr. Trover has also served on the Governor’s Team for Educational Excellence, the Illinois Virtual High School Board, and the Illinois (BiN) Baldrige in Education Board. She served two terms on the Illinois Educational Funding Advisory Board (EFAB). She currently serves on the Illinois Rural Schools Board and is past President of the Johnson County Illinois Retired Educators’ Association.
She co-authored a biography, Pass the Plate: The Life and Legacy of US Congressman Kenneth J. Gray in 2009. The authors share the book with public libraries and schools.
Dr. Trover obtained a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in educational administration and higher education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She resides in Vienna, with her husband Bob Trover. They have three grown children.