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Jim Voyles

Mr. Jim Voyles was raised on a farm in northern Macoupin County and attended Virden schools. He attended Murray State University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation. He served in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer with an infantry company and later as an artillery platoon leader. His decorations include a Bronze Star with V device for ground combat, an Air Medal for aerial combat, and an Army Commendation Medal along with various campaign medals.

After his discharge from the Army, Voyles earned a master’s degree in English at Western Illinois University. He also met his wife, Dorothy, who also earned her graduate degree in English. They married in 1973. The Voyles have two children. Ben, a field service trainer for Ecolab, lives in Tuscola and has three daughters. Darcey, an English teacher at Tuscola High School, also teaches dual-credit English through Parkland College. Jim Voyles also earned degrees from University of Illinois-Springfield and Eastern Illinois University.

Voyles served as an English teacher, coach, and administrator in the Decatur schools for eight years. For four years, he was assistant principal of Olney East Richland High School before becoming principal of Tuscola High School. After four years as principal, he was appointed Tuscola’s superintendent of schools, a position he held for 15 years until his retirement. In 2004-2005, he served as interim superintendent of Villa Grove schools. In 2010, he was recalled as interim superintendent of Tuscola schools for one year.

A high school football official for more than 40 years, Voyles has officiated three state title games and more than 80 IHSA playoff games. He served a stint on the IHSA football advisory committee and is currently on the board of directors of the Central Illinois Football Officials Association. In 2011, Voyles was named the Tuscola Rotarian of the Year and also received the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce’s Point of Light Award. Upon his retirement in 2003, he received the Illinois Education Association’s Friends of Education Award.

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