IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee was honored by the Educational Research and Development Institute (ERDI) with the Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award, given to distinguished leaders in education.
Dr. McGee was awarded with a $5,000 prize to be donated to a charitable organization, and he decided to give half the award to the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education.
IMSA President Dr. Max McGee
Dr. McGee used the $2,500 to start an alumni donation matching campaign in which he encouraged 100 alumni to donate $25 to match his gift. Alumni support is important to IMSA for many reasons, as IMSA Executive Director of Development Paul Milano explains:
“Foundations and corporations ask if our alumni are donors first, before they (the foundations and corporations) will donate,” Milano said. Alumni responded to Dr. McGee’s donation in kind.
“Due to Max's challenge (matching the first 100 donations with $25 per donation) we quickly received 100 alumni donations within less than a week of sending out the mailing,” Milano said. Most years alumni support has hovered around 10-12%, but because of this challenge, IMSA achieved 16% alumni donor participation for this year for the first time ever.
“Dr. McGee was a wonderful and thoughtful motivator and his generosity was greatly appreciated,” Milano added.
Dr. McGee, former Illinois State Superintendent, has recently co-chaired the effort to revamp Illinois’ School Report Card and is a board member and former chairman of the Golden Apple Foundation.