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Dixon schools hire business manager

Campbell brings superintendency experience to new position, starts July 1

DIXON – The new business manager at Dixon schools has experience running a district as well.

Marc Campbell will be Dixon schools' new business manager come July 1.

Campbell's hire was approved during Wednesday's board meeting; he will replace David Blackburn, who is retiring.

For the last 2 years, Campbell has been superintendent of New Holland-Middletown Elementary schools in Logan County in central Illinois. Before that, he was principal at various southern Illinois and suburban Chicago schools for 8 years.

Working for a district with only a couple of hundred students, Campbell also served as a business manager, special education and curriculum director – which stood out among a "very good applicant pool," Superintendent Margo Empen said.

"Marc brings wonderful skill sets to the position," Empen said. "You name it, in smaller districts, he does everything. He's going to be a great fit."

Campbell has 6 years of corporate accounting experience and has his chief school business official endorsement from Northern Illinois University. He is pursuing a doctoral degree at Aurora University; his thesis is about school security measures on overall student safety and the impact on school operations.

Superintendent and principal experience was not a primary qualification for the job, but that and his doctoral studies working with the district's recent measures of increased security – especially after a shooting at Dixon High School in May 2018 – made Campbell "a gem," she said.

"It really was a perfect blend for us."

Campbell is in the second year of a 3-year contract at New Holland-Middleton, and made $93,000 last year with an additional $1,000 if he had stayed to serve the remainder of the contract. His starting salary at Dixon will be $100,000.

Blackburn, a former city councilman and finance commissioner who has been with the district since 1993, made $139,577 last school year. He participated in the hiring process.

Now that Campbell is hired, the district also will look for an assistant superintendent to start this summer with the coming retirement of Daniel Rick. Because of the district's size and job responsibilities for their positions, they will not be consolidated, Empen said.

Campbell could not be reached for comment.

Next meeting

The Dixon School Board next meets at 6 p.m. March 11 at the district office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.

An agenda will be posted on the district website,, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Call 815-284-7722 for more information.

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