Metz named to high school board

The Evanston Township High School board has named Mark Metz to fill the unexpired term of member Omar Khuri.

The board announced the appointment Tuesday night, after holding closed-door interviews with 10 candidates.

Khuri resigned from the board earlier this month, just under two years into his four-year term, saying that increased job-related travel was making it difficult for him to attend board meetings.

Metz will be sworn in at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Four seats on the seven-member board will be filled in the April 7 election and only four candidates chose to run for those positions.

A business development executive, Metz has provided financial leadership, strategic planning and development, marketing expertise, and relationship management for Chicago Deferred Exchange Company, PlanTools LLC, ABN AMRO Trust Services Company and Transamerica Pension Services.

During Metz’s 29 years in Evanston, he has been involved in a variety of school and community organizations as his three children matriculated through the Evanston schools.

A sports enthusiast, he coached basketball at Dewey School and Nichols Middle School and served as president of the Evanston Baseball & Softball Association.

Metz is a member of the Evanston Parks and Recreation Board and chaired the city’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Police and Fire Pension Funds.

At ETHS, he has been a board member with the ETHS Boosters Club and the ETHS District Foundation.

Metz earned a degree in mathematics from Western Illinois University and is a certified employee benefits specialist and a certified financial planner.

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