|Mayor Daley Calls for Reinvention of
City Colleges of Chicago
March 11, 2010
Last week Mayor Daley recommended the appointment of ComEd Vice President Cheryl Hyman as Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago and recommended Gery Chico to Chair the City Colleges Board. In making this announcement, Mayor Daley charged the new leadership with "updating the Colleges to meet the economic challenges of today and tomorrow. Now is the time, to bring the same urgency to reinventing Chicago's City Colleges," the Mayor said, "as we have brought to turning around Chicago's public schools."
Over the past several years many of our partners have worked with us, the Mayor's Office, the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, the City Colleges of Chicago, local philanthropies, and others to help define a new path for our local community colleges. Among these are:
- Boston Consulting Group - who led a joint effort with the City Colleges of Chicago and a committee of civic leaders to identify the role our local community colleges should play in Chicago's future
- Bain & Company - who helped launch Chicago LEADS (Leading Economic Advancement and Sustainability in the 21st Century), to pilot sector-based economic and workforce initiatives
- Mayer Brown - who helped launch CWIC (Chicago Workforce Investment Council) to house in one entity the responsibility for maximizing Chicago's return on its nearly half a billion dollar investment in workforce every year - the largest component of which flows through the City Colleges of Chicago
- Edelman - who helped develop messaging for LEADS and CWIC
- Leo Burnett - who helped develop visual imaging for CWIC
- Members of the CWIC Board -- which includes Frank Clark (Co-chair, ComEd), Larry Goodman (Co-chair, Rush University Medical Center), Anthony Anderson (Ernst & Young), Gloria Castillo (Chicago United), Daniel Hamburger (Devry, Inc.), Cheryle Robinson Jackson (Chicago Urban League), Anne Ladky (Women Employed), Nicole Loftus (Zorch International, Inc.), Katrina Markoff (Vosges Chocolate), Michael Moskow (Chicago Council on Global Affairs) and Raul Raymundo (The Resurrection Project)
Many others have been involved along the way, including Jim Tyree, former President of the Board of the City Colleges. Under Jim's leadership, the City Colleges put their financial house in order and laid the groundwork for this next phase.
We look forward to working with the City Colleges and our partners in making this important institution a critical part of Chicago's infrastructure. For now, congratulations to all of our partners on this milestone.