IBHE names education veteran Ginger Ostro as Executive Director

Today the Illinois Board of Higher Education named veteran education administrator Ginger Ostro as its new Executive Director.  Ostro brings deep experience in Illinois education to the role, most recently serving as the Interim Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Financial Operations at Chicago State University. Ostro is  in of leading the agency as it renews its focus on improving college attainment and closing gaps in outcomes for students of color, low income students, and rural students. She joins IBHE at a time when higher education in Illinois has seen significant increases in funding from the Pritzker Administration. IBHE also named Stephanie Bernoteit as Deputy Executive Director. Bernoteit most recently served as the agency’s Deputy Director for Academic Affairs. Ginger Ostro brings extensive policy and finance leadership to the role.  She is currently the interim Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Financial Operations at Chicago State University.  Earlier in her career, she served as Deputy Executive Director at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and as Director of the Office of Budget Planning at Governors State University.   Ostro served as Executive Director of Advance Illinois as it helped architect the successful effort to fix the nation’s least-equitable K12 funding formula.  She played a lead role as budget director and CFO at Chicago Public Schools in developing and implementing a more equitable system of allocating funding across schools as well as managing the district’s $6 billion operating budget and the capital budget.  Ostro also served in several roles in state government, including over six years at the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, where she rose to director.Stephanie Bernoteit has served in the IBHE since 2012, most recently as Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, and brings a wealth of expertise in academic leadership to her new role.  Bernoteit has overseen the agency’s regulatory and consumer protection work with over 400 postsecondary institutions.  She has also worked with the Illinois Community College Board to coordinate the statewide transfer infrastructure that involves approximately 45,000 students annually across more than 100 public and private institutions, leading Illinois to be first in the nation in baccalaureate completion rates for community college students.   Stephanie is also a leader in innovation in educator preparation, having led an initiative to move early childhood preparation to a competency-based system.   Stephanie served in several roles at Illinois State University, including as Director of the National Board Resource Center, tripling the number of National Board Certified teachers in three years and growing the number of candidates each year.  Stephanie began her career as an elementary school teacher.


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