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City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado Outlines Vision on Day One

5/1/2017 12:00 AM

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado Outlines Vision for Student-Centered Community College System On Day One    
Chancellor Salgado Names Two Interim College Presidents and Engages Community in Effort to Continue Gains, Address Challenges Posed by State Budget Crisis      

Chicago, IL – On his first day at the helm of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Chancellor Juan Salgado introduced his vision for building upon CCC’s student-centered community college system and announced interim college presidents at Truman College and Olive-Harvey College, part of a leadership team which will focus on improving student outcomes and the student experience while overcoming challenges posed by an unprecedented state budget crisis.   

“We are in unchartered waters in higher education in Illinois, facing never before seen state resource constraints, and yet, we must ensure these harsh realities don’t dampen our students’ futures, so that they continue to succeed at record rates, and have an exceptional experience at City Colleges that prepares them to reach their college and career goals,” said Chancellor Salgado.   

“My non-profit background has trained me to bring people together to seek creative solutions to hard problems,” continued Chancellor Salgado, “and I will rely on this experience as we engage faculty, students, staff, four-year colleges, employers, the community, and our elected officials to ensure our students and communities are connected to economic opportunity.”   

Informed by preliminary listening sessions with key stakeholders inside the colleges and out, Chancellor Salgado outlined the following initial priorities aimed at supporting City Colleges students’ success: ·      

Creating a superior student experience by building upon CCC’s student-centered culture and fostering positive relationships from a student’s first contact with CCC to graduation and beyond ·      

Forging meaningful partnerships with communities, employers, 4-year colleges, and other partners to provide support and resources for CCC students and ensure any Chicagoans seeking a quality, affordable post-secondary education can access one, and ·      

Building upon a data-driven culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence to best utilize institutional resources to further student success.   

To realize these goals, Chancellor Salgado announced plans to establish teams focused on enhancing the student experience and bolstering student enrollment, as well as strategic outreach to address the funding crisis that has stalled the construction of a Transportation, Distribution, Logistics Center at Olive-Harvey College and threatens the system’s track record of financial health and academic gains.   

City Colleges has been shortchanged $70 million over the last two years from the state of Illinois, which has failed to fund student MAP grants this year after significantly delaying them last year.   

To support this strategy, Chancellor Salgado announced he would be filling two upcoming vacancies with interim presidents at Truman and Olive-Harvey Colleges, and that he will fill the vacancy at Kennedy-King in the very near future.     

“I have confidence that these leaders will be active champions for our college communities, and I also recognize that the role of President must learn from and embody the values of the college,” continued Chancellor Salgado.  “That is why I will also ensure that we will engage in a thoughtful, inclusive process to appoint permanent presidents at those campuses by the end of next academic year.”      

"On behalf of the Board, we commend Chancellor Salgado's thoughtful interim appointments and look forward to initiating the search process for permanent presidents by this fall with a selection to come next spring," said Charles R. Middleton, Chair, City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees.   

Shawn Jackson was named interim president of Truman College, City Colleges’ center of excellence for education.  Dr. Jackson is presently the Chief Officer of Leadership and Learning at the Chicago Public Schools, where he has developed learning initiatives for students and parents including CPS Connects, a K-12 virtual learning platform, and the citywide Parent University model, which serves to support CPS parents so they can partner in their children’s academic success.  As principal of Spencer Technology Academy for seven years, Dr. Jackson helped to turn around the struggling Westside elementary school, after starting his career as an elementary science teacher in CPS.  Dr. Jackson holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Administration and Supervision from Loyola University (Chicago), a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Jackson will serve as our new leader at Truman College,” said Chancellor Salgado.  “His deep education experience will bring robustness to Truman’s focus on training the next generation of educators, and he himself serves as a role model in our effort to build a diverse pipeline of educators into Chicago classrooms.”    

Felicia Davis was named interim president of Olive-Harvey College, City Colleges’ center of excellence for transportation, distribution and logistics.  Most recently, Ms. Davis served as the Executive Director of the Public Buildings Commission, where she was responsible for the management of area public construction projects.  She also held roles as Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement and First Deputy Chief of Staff.  Previously, Ms. Davis spent ten years in administration at Kendall College, rising to Vice President of Operations and Student Administration, having directed student affairs, alumni relations, and career services.  She began her career as a Chicago police officer.  Growing up in Altgeld Gardens and Roseland, with a mother who attended Olive-Harvey College, Davis is no stranger to the college and surrounding community.  Like many City Colleges students, she returned to school to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Kendall College.  Also, as a working adult, she has pursued a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Illinois Institute of Technology, thesis pending. (*Please note the original version of this press release included an error that indicated the Master's degree had been earned, omitting the phrase "thesis pending.")  

“Felicia’s unique combination of experience in higher education administration, major public construction projects, community relations, and her ties to the institution were an uncanny fit for the leadership needs at Olive-Harvey College,” said Chancellor Salgado. “I hope to engage her immediately in reaching out to the community and Springfield to ensure Chicagoans don’t miss out on the tens of thousands of jobs coming to our region in the fast-growing TDL field as well as the opportunities created by the college’s general education, GED and ESL offerings.”      

Both interim appointments will be considered by the City Colleges Board of Trustees.   

The remainder of his first day, Chancellor Salgado spent visiting with students, faculty and staff and community members at three City Colleges locations, lunching with a dozen students in his downtown office, where he also walked the building halls to meet staff.  He invited those he met to share their experience and feedback.     

Registration is currently open for summer and fall classes at City Colleges.  For more information or to register, prospective students are encouraged to go online at or call 773-COLLEGE.    
Summer classes start June 7