DUNLAP-Native Peorian William Collier was hired last night by the School Board to replace the retiring Robert Sturm as superintendent of the Dunlap Community Unit School District 323.
In a 15-minute meeting, the board voted unanimously to hire Collier at a yearly salary of $40,000.
Sturm previously announced his retirement after 15 years of service in the Dunlap school system. Collier appointment will take effect July 1, Board President George McClellan said.
Collier, 35, is currently superintendent of Western Community Unit School District 306 in Buda, Sheffield and Mineral.
A 1965 graduate of Peoria High School, Collier earned both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in education administration from Bradley University, the first in 1970 and the latter in 1971.
Collier earned his superintendent’s endorsement through course work taken at Illinois State University and Purdue University. In 1980, he was awarded his doctorate in education from Western Colorado University.
“Dr. Collier brings varied and successful experiences to the Dunlap district with professional work completed on both the elementary and secondary levels.” McClellan said.
Collier has been an elementary teacher in the Olympia school system, a teacher and assistant coach at Spalding Institute-Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, a teacher and head football coach in Auburn, assistant high school principal, principal and acting superintendent in St. Anne, and assistant to the superintendent a Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School In Bradley.
Collier is member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Bureau County Administrators Association, and the executive Board of the Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties Special Education Co-Operative.
Collier and his safe, Mary, an Illinois State University graduate from Rochelle, plan to move to the Peoria area with their three Daughter, Elizabeth, 11, Erin, 8, and Lindy, 6.