Annette Eckert, retired circuit judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit, and Greg Moats, former Belleville District 201 superintendent, have joined the faculty of Lindenwood University-Belleville.
The first female circuit judge to be elected to the 20th Judicial Circuit, Eckert announced her retirement from the position on Sept. 24. She will take on her new duties as department chair of criminal justice at Lindenwood Belleville in January 2011 with the start of the spring semester.
Since 2002, Eckert has presided over St. Clair, Monroe, Washington, Randolph, and Perry Counties as circuit judge and has handled such assignments as the drug court program, as well as family and criminal cases. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the judicial system.
“I am very excited to be part of the faculty at Lindenwood Belleville,” she said. “I have a fair amount of teaching background and have gained real world experiences from 20 years on the bench and 15 years of private practice. Lindenwood’s criminal justice program is in the early stages, and I’m looking forward to all the creative possibilities I will have as department chair.”
Eckert is a graduate of Belleville Township High School East; she obtained her B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and later received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Ill. While Eckert remained in the Chicago area for many years as an assistant public defender and lawyer with her own private practice, she returned to Belleville in 1982.
“We have such a great education system in Belleville, and Lindenwood continues that tradition,” Eckert said. “The university is one of the greatest things to happen to Belleville, and I am thrilled to help grow the criminal justice program there.”
Greg Moats, Belleville District 201 superintendent from 2006 to 2010, recently joined the Education Department at Lindenwood Belleville as the coordinator of teacher education.
A full-time faculty member and assistant basketball coach, Moats will be teaching education courses, assisting Athletic Director Scott Spinner, and placing all teaching candidates in local schools for practicum observation and student teaching.
“I have a lot of respect for the local educators here,” said Moats. “I plan to use the friendships and contacts that I’ve made with area school districts to give Lindenwood’s teaching candidates the opportunity to observe high quality teachers."
Moats has been in the education field for more than 30 years with experience as a teacher, coach, and school administrator.
In addition to his position as Superintendent in Belleville, he has previously been the Superintendent for Harmony School District 175 and the Assistant Superintendent of schools in Bethalto Community School District 8. Moats has also served as an Assistant Principal at Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, as well as a teacher and coach at East Alton-Wood River High School, Alton East Middle School, and Northwestern High School.
Moats received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and his doctorate in education administration from Saint Louis University.
“This is an exciting time for Lindenwood and the city of Belleville, and I am glad to be a part of the growth happening here,” he said.