Veteran Stevenson High board member Lubin resigns
Stevenson High School District 125 board member Bruce Lubin has resigned after more than 15 years on the panel.
Lubin, whose service included a decade as the board's president, stepped down to focus on a new post -- chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's board.
Lubin will continue serving as executive managing director and president of the Illinois commercial and specialty banking group for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's U.S. region. He's also president of the American Jewish Committee.
"I truly feel fortunate to have been a part of such a great group of administrators, teachers, board members and, most of all, students," said Lubin, of Long Grove. "I've received much more from the experience than I gave and will always be a supporter of the district."
Lubin resigned Monday in a letter to the rest of the Lincolnshire-based school board. His departure was effective immediately.
Lubin joined the school board in 2002. He served as its leader from 2007 to 2017.
His tenure included the continued nationally recognized excellence of Stevenson's academic programs as well as significant expansion and renovation projects, such as the $27 million addition to the East Building that's now underway.
Lubin also helped guide the school through last decade's Great Recession, an economic catastrophe that caused substantial fiscal problems for many other school districts -- but not Stevenson.
"Bruce has been an invaluable member of our board of education," District 125 Superintendent Eric Twadell said in a news release. "As a proven leader in the financial industry, Bruce brought tremendous insight and steady leadership to our district before, during and after the Great Recession."
Lubin also oversaw some very public controversies at Stevenson, including a 2012 police and school investigation into illegal drug sales on campus that involved the inspection of student cellphones and more than 1,000 text messages. Two students eventually were charged.
In 2011, Lubin and other Stevenson board members successfully defeated a political challenge by candidates who were critical of some books on Stevenson's reading lists and were pushing for a parental curriculum advisory group.
In 2010, seven editors of Stevenson High's award-winning student newspaper resigned during a fight with administrators about censorship and other issues.
The school board will appoint someone to finish Lubin's term, which expires in spring 2019.
Interested residents must send letters and resumes by May 21 to administrative assistant Carol Adamczyk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail at Stevenson High School, Two Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, Illinois, 60069.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, registered voters and District 125 residents for at least one year.
The school board will interview candidates May 22. For more information about the vacancy, call Twadell at (847) 415-4101.