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Catherine M. Finger, Ed.D.

Contact me: trustee.finger@clcillinois.edu

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Training Citations

  • Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157) in October 2017

Catherine Finger of Grayslake was elected to the Board of Trustees in April 2017 and serves as vice chair.  In June 2017 she retired after 12 years as superintendent of Grayslake Community High School District 127, and spent most of her educational career serving as a public school leader in Lake County.

Dr. Finger earned a doctorate in instructional leadership from National Louis University, an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.A. in Spanish, French and secondary education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Developing and supporting school leaders is her passion. Dr. Finger has written publications and presented at state and national events sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the National Association of School Boards (NASB.) She has served on the following boards: Lake County Superintendents, Lake County High School Technology Campus Board of Control, Special Education District of Lake County, IASB Lake Division, Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund, IASA Governing Board and AASA Governing Board. She has also served as both a board member and active volunteer for The Oasis Teen Center of Grayslake and the Grayslake Exchange Club.

Dr. Finger’s professional recognitions include being named Lake County Superintendent of the Year, Illinois Association of Student Assistance Professionals Superintendent of the Year and IASA Superintendent of Distinction. She has earned additional awards as the author of the popular Jo Oliver Thriller series. Anchored By Death, her third book in the series, launched in June 2017.

In addition, Dr. Finger works as a superintendent search consultant for the IASB and as a sales representative for NaviGate Prepared, a company offering a virtual safety response tool to develop and execute school safety response programs.