Updated: July 10, 2013 6:12AM
Former Illinois State Sen. Edward D. Maloney received an honorary doctorate and delivered the commencement addresses at St. Xavier University’s Spring Commencement ceremonies.
Maloney, a lifelong resident of the Beverly area, represented the state’s 18th District from 2003 to 2013.
He chaired the Higher Education Committee and fought to maintain grant funding for financially vulnerable college students. He also was a member of the Illinois Team of Complete College America, the Higher Education Finance Study Commission and co-chairman of the Legislative Education Caucus. Maloney served as vice chairman of the Labor and Commerce Committee and was a member of the Revenue and Appropriations committees.
He spent 28 years as a teacher, coach, counselor and volunteer at Oak Lawn Community High School, and seven years as assistant principal and dean of faculty at Brother Rice High School. He also was an area manager and a deputy director for the Chicago Park District.
Maloney has been a member of the University’s School of Education Advisory Board since 2003. Other local involvements have included membership on the Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation Board, the Oak Lawn Community High School Foundation Board, the West Beverly Civic Association and the St. John Fisher School Board.
Maloney holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lewis University and a master’s degree in education from Chicago State University.