Craig Iseli. (Submitted photo).

The District 97 Board of Education will likely appoint Craig Iseli, an executive vice president of PVS Chemicals, to fill the board seat left vacant by the death of board member Peter Traczyk in February, according to a district statement.

Iseli will finish the remainder of Traczyk’s term, which is about 50 days. The board is expected to authorize the appointment at its March 17 meeting.

“We had a number of outstanding candidates apply for the vacancy that was created by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Peter Traczyk,” said board President Robert Spatz.

“In the end, we concluded that Craig’s extensive knowledge and experience made him the ideal choice for the position. We look forward to working with him during the next 50 days on a variety of important activities that will help shape the future of our district,” Spatz said.

In addition to his executive role at the Midwestern chemical company, Iseli was instrumental in the launching of SpiderRock, a financial software firm based in Chicago. He has also held management roles at Deloitte Consulting, Amoco Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation. From 2006 to 2012, he served on the executive board of PVS Chemicals in Detroit.

Iseli moved to Oak Park with his wife, Holly Van Duersen, in 1998. The couple has two daughters — a seventh-grader at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School and a freshman at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

The board selected Iseli from among a pool of 10 applicants for the position. They included a former Forest Park School District 91 board member and DePaul screenwriting instructor; a former D97 board member and CPS schoolteacher; an associate professor of psychology; and a banking professional.

No candidates running for the four open seats on the D97 board in April were allowed to apply. 

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