Law has been serving as acting superintendent since the sudden resignation of Nicholas Wahl in August. The board chose to select him as Wahl's permanent replacement now instead of opening the position to other candidates and conducting interviews.
Before taking over as acting superintendent, Law had been the district's assistant superintendent for instruction since 2010
"At the heart of our decision were Bruce’s core values," Board President Claudia Manley said. "During all of our interactions with Dr. Law, he has proven himself to be a man of great integrity—both honest and trustworthy."
Manley said Law has the necessary experience, work ethic, and understanding of expectations for District 86.
"Since Dr. Law already embodies everything we were searching for in a district leader, we determined that a national search would be an unnecessary use of the district’s resources," Manley said.
Law said the board's decision is "both exciting and humbling."
"One approach to making a hiring decision is to use experience. Another is to use potential. I realize the board has made a bet on my potential, and I am determined to exceed even my high expectations," Law said. "Thank you for your confidence in my abilities. I am very happy to continue working with you, and for you, as we move District 86 forward to realize its best years."
Before coming to District 86, Law was head of school at Chicago Virtual Charter School from 2008 to 2010. Law also served in the education department at Lewis University Romeoville, and was director of research and school improvement at Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Ind.
Law has a doctorate, master’s degree and education specialist degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University. He lives in Winfield with his wife Jennifer and two children, Gabrielle and Carson.
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