The incumbent District 65 school board president, Keith Terry, of 616 Wesley Ave., is managing partner of Terry Partners Inc.


Terry and his wife Michelle have three children. Aryn, a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, attended Oakton Elementary School, Chute Middle School and ETHS. Marcus is a sophomore at ETHS and a graduate of Bessie Rhodes Magnet School. Kyle attends Chute Middle School and previously attended Bessie Rhodes.


Master’s of business administration from the University of Chicago; bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In his own words

Opening statement at Feb. 10 candidate forum at Haven Middle School.

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I’d first like to thank the Central Street Neighbors and the Haven PTA for hosting this joint candidate event.

For me it’s important because you get to hear directly from me and not from what you might be hearing that’s floating around in the streets and from third parties.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Keith Terry, and I’m currently the District 65 board president. And tonight I’m asking for your support and hopefully your vote.

I’ve lived in Evanston for 18 years now and I have three kids. I have a daughter who’s a junior at University of Illinois, Champaign, and she matriculated from Oakton, Chute and ETHS. I have a son in high school who went to Bessie Rhodes, and my youngest, who’s in 7th grade is now at Chute. He attended his earlier years at Bessie Rhodes.

Why am I running for re-election? Well, I’m running because I’m proud, very proud of the progress we’ve made in District 65. And I want to continue what we’ve started.

Since I’ve been on the board, we’ve made gains in student achievement, fairness and inclusion, building safety and quality, technology in the classroom, fiscal discipline, achieved a longer school day, we have a stable work force, we have a teacher contract, a four-year teacher contract.

We did all this because the board collaborated with and supported the administration, the principals, and the teachers in the school district, even as we held them accountable.

Going forward our public schools must work harder and better than ever because the educational challenges are steeper and much harder to climb. It is because I feel the urgency to make continued progress I’m seeking re-election. There is more work to do, and quite frankly one term is not enough to accomplish all the things that you demand and that I want to achieve.

Why should you vote for me? Let me offer a framework for you.

I ask that you look at my record. I ask that you look at the results of the district. And finally I ask that you go back and look at what I said in terms of my first campaign run, what I said I would do.

So tonight, thank you very much for listening to me. 

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Other resources

Profile on PTA Council website

Keith Terry profile on LinkedIn

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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