Northern Illinois – Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) announced today that Dr. Kari Rockwell has been appointed new CEO of the organization. Dr. Rockwell will succeed current CEO Fiona Cummings and assume responsibilities on August 1, 2022. Cummings has served as the organization’s CEO since 2013 and will be retiring on June 30, 2022.
Dr. Rockwell brings decades of educational leadership to her new position at GSNI. Formerly the Superintendent of Schools at Fieldcrest Community Unit School District #6 in Minonk, Illinois, Dr. Rockwell also previously held principal positions at The Kiefer School at Children’s Home Association of Illinoi in Peoria, Illinois, and Cumberland County Schools in Crossville, Tennessee. GSNI’s CEO Search Committee was pleased to extend the CEO offer to Dr. Rockwell citing her proven abilities in providing an equitable experience to diverse populations and communities as the organization seeks to be inclusive and welcoming of all. Dr. Rockwell also brings significant non-profit grant experience to GSNI having supported grant writing resulting in $5 million earned in the last 12 months alone.
Dr. Rockwell received an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in 2017, a Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in June 2009, a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix in June 2008, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University at Long Beach in 2001. More recently, she received a WEEK Women in Leadership Award in 2021.
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