Mary Lynn Boscardin, professor of special education, was voted president-elect of the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) board of directors in its most recent member-wide election this fall. She will begin her tenure Jan. 1.
CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. It advances its mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. CEC examines policy issues, develops appropriate responses to those issues and influences local, state, provincial and federal legislation. It also monitors and makes recommendations for program regulations and funding.
As president-elect, Boscardin will serve as a voting member of the board and provide leadership to CEC’s planning and programs. She also will oversee CEC’s committees to ensure that their work enhances the functioning of the board and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the organization.
After her one-year term as president-elect, she will become president of the board for one year and in 2020 will serve a year as immediate past-president.
As a long-time CEC member, Boscardin has served as the member-at-large on the CEC Board of Directors and member of the CEC representative assembly, interdivisional caucus, and convention program advisory committee. She has also served as president of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and is currently a member of the CASE Executive Committee as editor for the Journal of Special Education Leadership.
During her career, Boscardin has been awarded seven U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education personnel preparation grants to train advanced graduate and doctoral scholars in the fields of special education leadership and communication disorders. She is also co-editor of the “Handbook on Leadership and Administration for Special Education.”
Boscardin received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science at the University of Illinois-Urbana and her master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She returned to Illinois-Urbana to earn her doctorate in educational administration with a focus on special education leadership and administration.