Christopher Koch

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Christopher Koch
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Illinois Superintendent of Education
In office
December 1, 2006 - Present
Years in position 9
Base salary$203,445
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 1, 2006
Appointed byIllinois Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBrown County High School
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Ph.D.George Washington University
Place of birthMt. Sterling, Illinois
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Christopher Koch is the Superintendent of Education in Illinois. He has served in this position since December 2006.[1]


Koch has worked for the Illinois State Board of Education since 1994. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent of Education in 2006, Koch served in a variety of positions, including Director of Special Education.[1]

Koch is a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers, serving as President from 2010-2011, as well as the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting.[1]

Koch has taught special education in four states and also worked at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.[1]


  • MA, EdD, Educational Policy/Leadership, George Washington University
  • Graduated, Southern Illinois University

Political career

Superintendent of Education (2006-Present)



Koch was appointed as Illinois Superintendent of Education by the State Board of Education effective December 1, 2006.[1]

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Preceded by
Illinois Superintendent of Education
2006 – Present
Succeeded by