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James Joseph Betchkal Edit Profile


James Joseph Betchkal, American editor. Recipient Editorial award Illinois Press Association, 1966, award of Merit, Boy Scouts American, 1966, award of Merit, Association School Business Officials United States and Canada, 1960; All-American award Educational Press Association American, 1970, 71, 72, 75, 76, 80, 82, 85, Editorial award, 1983, 84.


Betchkal, James Joseph was born on March 11, 1935 in Racine, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Herbert M. and Frances (Cetrano) Betchkal.


Bachelor of Science, University Miami, 1956;postgraduate, University of Wisconsin, 1957;postgraduate, Northwestern University, 1959.


Assistant editor, Actual Specifying Engineer, Chicago, 1956-1958;managing editor, Nation's Schools Magazine, Chicago, 1959-1963;editor, The Record, Oak Park, Illinois, 1963;executive editor, Pioneer Newspapers, Inc., Oak Park, 1964-1968;editor, public, American School Board Journal, Evanston, Illinois, then American School Board Journal, Washington, 1968-1978;editor-in-chief, public The Executive Educator and associate executive director, National School Bds. Association, Washington, 1978-1989;instructor folio, National Magazine Conference, 1977-1978;instructor, Science Research Associations, Chicago, 1964;instructor, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb, summer 1966. Judge national magazine awards Columbia University.


General chairman Schaumburg Township (Illinois) United Fund, 1966, Stars and Stripes charity cotillion, 1966. Member Hoffman Estates (Illinois) Police Commission, 1966-1967. Board directors Pathfinder council Boy Scouts American, 1965.

Judge National Magazine award competition, 1986-1987. Member National Newspaper Association, Education Writers Association American, American Society Association Executives, Society National Association Publications (director 1972-1989, president 1977-1978, Life Time Achievement award 1989), American Society Magazine Editors, Magazine Publications Association, American Society Association Executives.


Married Ann Vernon, June 23, 1956. Children: Janet Ann, Mark James.

Herbert M. Betchkal

Frances (Cetrano) Betchkal

Ann Vernon

Janet Ann Betchkal

Mark James Betchkal