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Alumni Awards: Alan Chapman

E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award

Alan Chapman M.S. ’75, Ed.D. ’84
Retired McLean County Unit District No. 5 teacher/administrator and superintendent

Normal Community High School (NCHS) alum Alan Chapman graduated from the University of Illinois and served honorably in the U.S. Army before earning educational administration graduate degrees at ISU.

He served 31 years in Unit 5 as a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, and ultimately NCHS principal. After a year as interim, he was appointed Unit 5 superintendent in 2004.

He is past president of the Illinois State Deans Association, and served on the Illinois High School Association Board of Directors.

He remains a member of the Illinois State Deans Association, Illinois Principals Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Illinois and American Associations of School Administrators.

Chapman and his wife, Kathie (Campbell) ’69, M.S. ’97, give generously to ISU. He served on the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (EAF) Alumni Advisory Council and the college’s Capital Campaign Fundraising Advisory Committee. Chapman was awarded the ISU Foundation Fellowship by EAF, and inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame. He is a member of ISU Community Partners and The Weisbecker Scholarship Fund.

The Illinois State University Alumni Association will honor five award recipients during Founders Day celebrations on the 17th of this month, as well as during a dinner program. For video of this year’s awards program, visit