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Chancellor Salgado introduces new Provost and Chief Academic Officer

On May 26, 2017, Chancellor Salgado announced that Dr. Mark Potter will serve as the new Provost/Chief Academic Officer of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Dr. Potter comes to CCC from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, an open-access urban public institution with a mission and student body similar to City Colleges, where he has most recently served as Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies. 

Dr. Potter earned a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and a bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley. 

He begins work on July 5th.

Dr. Potter was identified through a nationwide search facilitated by AGB Search and with active participation by a Screening Team made up of faculty, staff and students from across the District.

Mr. Juan Salgado, MUP, to be the next Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago

Dear Members of the CCC Community,    

On behalf of my fellow members of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to notify you of the board’s intent to appoint Mr. Juan Salgado to serve as the next Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.   

Mr. Salgado has focused his over 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in the communities we serve. His distinguished service for 16 years as President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino is​ nationally recognized as a model for contextualized learning.  Prior to his service there, Salgado served in positions of increasing responsibility at The Resurrection Project and the Citizens Information Service.  He has a strong track record advocating for immigrants overcoming barriers to success in the workplace, having served as leader to the largest citizen preparation program in the state. 

After a childhood in Calumet Park, Salgado received the Associates Degree from Moraine Valley Community College, his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Urban Planning Degree from the University of Illinois.  Among Chancellor-designate Salgado’s many accomplishments are his selection for the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Class of 2015, recognizing his accomplishments in innovation and impact in education from K to adult learning.  He is also one of 24 Partners in the Gates Foundation-inspired US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and in 2011 was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Social Innovation.   

Last September, the Board of Trustees embarked on a national search to identify the successor to Cheryl Hyman, who announced her intention to complete seven years of exemplary service as Chancellor no later than this June. The Board of Trustees was ably assisted in this work by a Search Committee consisting of representatives from the student body, faculty, staff and senior leadership team from across the District.  

I cannot over emphasize the effort and dedication of these members over the past six months to identify leadership to support our academic success, and to support our goal of being the preeminent open-access community college system in Illinois and one of the best in the country.   I extend my abiding gratitude to all the members of the Chancellor Search Committee for their service to the District.   

AGB Search proved to be another vital resource to the Board, facilitating candidate communications and helping to develop a pool of national leaders from which we could make our choice for our next leader.  The team from AGB Search also conducted a series of meetings with students, faculty and staff at each of the seven colleges, hearing from hundreds of members of our community and helping us develop that data into the position announcement.     

I know that Chancellor-designate Salgado is looking forward to engaging with all of you, at the colleges and at District office.  I know from my own experience that when he does, he will meet a highly-dedicated group of students, faculty and staff.   

Our new Chancellor will need everyone’s assistance in helping to address our shared challenges and take advantages of the numerous opportunities to position City Colleges for greater and sustained success.  I know that he looks forward to engaging all of us in the important work we must do together if CCC is to thrive.   

Look for a direct communication from Chancellor-designate Salgado in due course on these and other matters and please join the Board in giving him a warm welcome.   


Charles R. Middleton, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees 
City Colleges of Chicago ​​