A 2022 IASA Superintendent of Distinction and two-time Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Award recipient (2005 & 2020), Dr. Von Mansfield was raised in Milwaukee, Wis., where he grew up in the Westlawn Housing Projects. He went on to complete high school at the University School of Milwaukee, one of the top prep high schools in the country. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, his Master of Science in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a Master of Arts in Administration from Governors State University in University Park, Ill. He earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University - Chicago.

Prior to beginning his career in education, Dr. Mansfield played five years of professional football. The majority of his football career was spent with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers as a defensive back and kick returner.

Dr. Mansfield has maintained a passion for helping students succeed throughout his educational career. He has had a wealth of experience in a wide range of school settings. His past positions have included experiences as a high school science teacher, coach, guidance counselor, dean of students, assistant principal and principal. In his current capacity as superintendent of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, he says, "It is our goal to mesh our educational expertise with student-centered learning, affording students an opportunity to maximize their acquisition of intellectual, social, and critical-thinking skills that will allow them to become life-long learners."

H-F has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a three-time national Blue Ribbon Award-winning high school. The district has maintained a balanced budget for the past 15 years and currently has and maintains a Bond rating of AAA from Standard & Poor's. H-F has been ranked annually as one of the most challenging high schools in America by the Washington Post. In 2010 and 2011, H-F received an exemplary ranking by the College Board for having one of the best AP Psychology programs in the country by having the most African-American students receive a 3 or higher on the AP national exam. H-F was the only Illinois high school to receive this prestigious ranking. Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School has a diverse enrollment of nearly 3,000 students and 300 faculty and staff members.

Dr. Mansfield is actively involved in the community and is a member of several professional organizations, such as Phi Delta Kappa, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the American Association of School Administrators. Currently, Dr. Mansfield serves as the Vice Chair of the College Board's Oak Circle Advisory Board and as a representative for the South Cook Region Illinois Association of School Administrators Governmental Relations & Advocacy Committee.

He has served in leadership roles with several state and nationally recognized organizations, including serving as a College Board Trustee and a member of the College Board Executive Committee during the 2017-2018 school year. From 2017-2018, Dr. Mansfield has also chaired the College Board Trustee Committee on Membership which represents more than 6,000 members to include universities, colleges, high schools and non-profit organizations both nationally and internationally. In his role as chair of the CollegeBoard Trustee Committee on Membership at the College Board Forum that was held in January 2018, he presented to the entire conference the Trustee Committee Membership Report. Dr. Mansfield has also served on the College Board Superintendents' Advisory Panel and co-chaired the College Board's 2012 National Forum in Miami, Fla., where more than 2,000 higher education and preschool - Grade 12 educators collaborated to address issues surrounding student access, equity and rigor in education. In addition, he has held the appointed position of president of the Headmasters Association, which represents the top private and public schools in the nation, as well as president of the Southwest Suburban Conference of school districts, located in suburban Chicagoland. Dr. Mansfield also served on the Big Ten Advisory Commission, which supports minority athletes in the Big Ten.

Dr. Mansfield is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. In 2005, Dr. Mansfield received an Award of Excellence as H-F principal from the Illinois State Board of Education, then he received an ISBE Award of Meritorious Service as H-F superintendent in 2020. Recognition in publications for his success as an educator include a cover story in Chicago's N'DIGO magazine and a feature in the Illinois Association of School Administrators' Leadership Matters magazine in March 2021.



  • 2020 ISBE Those Who Excel Meritorious Service Award
  • 2005 ISBE Those Who Excel Award of Excellence
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
  • Honorable Mention All Big Ten as a junior
  • Selected by the Wisconsin Alumni Association as the recipient of the Outstanding Student Athlete at the University of Wisconsin as a senior
  • Selected by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the Russ Winnie Award - for Leadership and Academic Achievement as a Football Player at the University of Wisconsin
  • Selected to play in the Senior Bowl as a senior
  • Fifth Round Draft Choice of the Atlanta Falcons
  • Published School Social Work Journal, 1992, "Student Satisfaction with Peer Mediation"
  • Winner of the Dr. Charles Gavin Image Award for Education
  • Served as a member of the National Commission on National Assessment of Educational Progress 12th Grade Assessment and Reporting
  • Member of the Big Ten Conference Advisory Commission