Dr. Lynne Haeffele’s background spans the education spectrum. As a high school science teacher and department chair, she won numerous local, state, and national educator awards and taught teacher preparation courses at Illinois State University (ISU). She then served the Illinois State Board of Education for fourteen years in various administrative roles and ultimately as chief deputy superintendent. Haeffele joined ISU in 2004 as a senior education researcher. She served as senior policy director for Education under Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon from 2011 to 2014, and now directs the Center for the Study of Education Policy in the ISU College of Education. Her research projects and published work include studies of high-poverty/high-performing schools, college readiness and completion, teacher distribution, college student transfer, and school/university partnerships.