Dr. Christopher Dignam served as a K12 educator for 25 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. Dr. Dignam began his career as a high school biology instructor and taught a variety of high school science content areas, including chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, and advanced placement (AP) biology. Dr. Dignam also served as a district area science instructional coach and provided supports to a portfolio of 24 diverse schools. Dr. Dignam later gained school leadership experience as an assistant principal, and eventually, middle school and high school Principal. Dr. Dignam soon after achieved community-wide leadership experiences as both an acting superintendent, and finally, superintendent of schools. In addition, Dr. Dignam has served as a university professor for graduate and adult studies for over fifteen years for educators pursuing Masters degree diploma and licensure as principals and Doctoral degree diploma and licensure as superintendents. Dr. Dignam joined Governors State University in January 2022 and instructs and supervises future leaders in the Principal Leadership Program and current leaders in the Interdisciplinary Leadership Program. Dr. Dignam is an accomplished guitarist and writes and records music in his home studio. He and his wife spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors and adjusting to their new life as empty nesters, as their twin daughters have moved away to attend college.
Dr. Dignam possesses a Bachelors of Biological Science degree with a double major in education, a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Arts degree in School Leadership and Principal Licensure, a Doctor of Education degree in Teacher Leadership, and a Doctor of Education Licensure in the Superintendency. Dr. Dignam was awarded the Illinois Principal of the Year by the McCormick Foundation in 2014, the Principal Achievement Award for the outstanding academic growth of students and for efforts as an exceptional educational leader in 2013 and again in 2015, and received the Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon as Principal at Lane Tech College Prep High School, which was awarded the distinction in 2012.