Calvin Jackson Career Impact Award

The Calvin Jackson Career Impact Award has been created to honor Dr. Calvin Jackson’s significant service to Illinois ASBO and his leadership within the Statewide School Management Alliance.

After serving on active duty for three years, Cal began his career in schools in 1961 as a teacher, counselor and coach. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate degree from SIU Carbondale, and spent 18 years as a Superintendent in Fairbury before joining the Illinois ASBO team in 1997. Over his 42 years as an Illinois ASBO member and 21 years on staff, Cal has been a devoted mentor and teacher, traveling statewide to help district officials understand the impact of legislative issues and legislators understand how school children are impacted by what they do (or don’t) do. His contributions have helped make the Alliance a go-to resource for legislators and will have a lasting impact on the profession.

Recipients of this award will be active or emeritus School District or Service Associate Members of Illinois ASBO who have demonstrated over the course of their career, a commitment to leverage their expertise to further the quality of the work of Illinois ASBO.

Congratulations to the 2022 Career Impact Award Recipient!

This year’s Calvin Jackson Career Impact Award recipient has made an impact throughout his career, both at the districts he has served and through his service to Illinois ASBO.


Michael McHugh

It All Comes Back to the Kids

It’s an honor to be the first recipient of this award. I am glad that I have been able to assist and help other administrators and Service Associates through my career and Illinois ASBO. We all work together for the common good and the state of Illinois. There is so much going on with the state and budget. What I can do is to reduce program costs and get people covered – it all comes back to the kids.”

–Michael J. McHugh
2018 Calvin Jackson Career Impact Award Recipient