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Mayor Emanuel Announces Juan Salgado as Next Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago

3/17/2017 2:00 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Juan Salgado to serve as the next Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). In this role, Salgado will build upon outgoing Chancellor Cheryl Hyman's record of curriculum reform and academic progress at CCC by strengthening partnerships with education and employer partners to build learning and skills training opportunities for students and residents across the city. Doubling down on the successes of CCC since the beginning of this decade will lead more of Chicago’s students to pursue and succeed in college, fulfilling a top priority for the administration.   

Salgado has focused his 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. Salgado also brings to the role experience working with CCC, which he has partnered with since 2005 to address the needs of bilingual students and professionals by advocating for stronger career pathways in healthcare fields.   

“Chancellor Cheryl Hyman has been a transformative leader for City Colleges of Chicago and her lasting legacy will benefit students across Chicago for generations,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “Juan Salgado is the ideal leader to build on Chancellor Hyman’s progress and continue ensuring that college is an affordable and attainable endeavor for all students, and that Chicagoans are better positioned for success in the fast growing industries bringing jobs to our city. Juan is a committed community leader who has dedicated his career and his life’s work to making Chicago’s communities stronger through education and pathways to careers.”    

Salgado has served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino since 2001, where he is focused on empowering residents through education and skill-building programs that lead to sustainable employment and economic stability. As the leader of the largest citizen preparation program in the state of Illinois, Salgado is a staunch advocate for immigrants in overcoming barriers to success in the workplace.   

“I am honored that Mayor Emanuel has given me the opportunity to lead and build on the momentum City Colleges has gained in recent years,” said Juan Salgado. “As a community college graduate myself, I know the value our City Colleges hold in creating better access to education and viable pathways to employment for residents throughout our great city.”   

Salgado is originally from Calumet Park, and he began his college education at Moraine Valley Community College, moving on to earn a Bachelors from Illinois Wesleyan, and a Masters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salgado has been lauded nationally for his work, most recently as a 2015 recipient of the “MacArthur Genius” award, one of the most prestigious innovation prizes in the United States.   

Following a comprehensive national search, Salgado has been selected to lead CCC’s continued success with a focus on further enhancing partnerships with stakeholders including the Chicago Public Schools (CPS); four-year colleges and universities; key workforce development and employer partners; as well as community-based organizations. Building capacity through these relationships is critical to ensuring CCC offers affordable and quality college opportunities for residents citywide.   

Salgado replaces Cheryl L. Hyman, who has served as Chancellor since 2010, and announced last year she would not extend her contract beyond the current school year.  Under Hyman’s Reinvention initiative, CCC has made strategic investments to modernize programming and improve student outcomes, more than doubling the graduation rate and increasing the number of conferred degrees to the highest on record.    

"I will always be honored and humbled to have served the institution that gave me my start in life, and am grateful to the leaders who offered me this opportunity, especially Mayor Emanuel for always challenging us to do better and to push harder for improvements on behalf of our students," said Hyman. "City Colleges' Reinvention has always been about putting student success first, and I am proud of the tremendous progress we have made together in such a short time, ensuring many more students will graduate from CCC better prepared than ever before."    

“The City of Chicago owes a debt of gratitude to Chancellor Hyman for her commitment to Chicago’s students, and I am confident that Juan Salgado is the right person to carry the torch forward and continue to build on City Colleges of Chicago's success,” said Alderman and Education Committee Chair Howard Brookins.   

In addition, under Hyman, nearly half of all graduates go on to study at a four-year institution, degrees and certificates have been focused squarely on providing economic value, and thousands of students have been placed in jobs in a College to Careers field. Working closely with the Emanuel administration, Hyman has also led CCC to institute a number of programs: including the STAR Scholarship, which is helping more than 2,000 CPS graduates attend college tuition-free; the Chicago Star Partnership between 15 colleges and universities to expand affordable four-year scholarships; and articulation agreements with more than 50 colleges and universities, helping make college more affordable and attainable for students citywide.   

“Juan Salgado is more than an academic leader, he is an advocate who is personally invested in the success of Chicago’s next generation,” said Alderman Daniel Solis. “City Colleges of Chicago could not ask for a more capable and committed leader to build on Chancellor Hyman’s success than Juan Salgado.”   

Hyman has also overseen the development of balanced budgets year over year with no tax increase, as well as operational reforms, which have directed more than $70 million in operational savings into classrooms.    

"I want to congratulate Cheryl Hyman for the work she has done at the City Colleges of Chicago and to welcome Juan Salgado as the new Chancellor," said Dr. Byron Brazier, Pastor of Apostolic Church of God. "I believe that Juan has the capacity, leadership and vision to continue to move the City Colleges in a sustainable and effective manner."  

The Mayor has also appointed Deborah H. Telman as a trustee to the board, replacing Sandy Goldman, who will retire from service to the Board of Trustees. Telman is Vice President and General Counsel at Johnson Controls, where she leads global legal strategy, litigation, labor & employment, and finance functions for an international company with a presence in more than 150 countries. To the Board, Telman brings her legal and operational expertise derived from service at multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as her engagement in a number of civic organizations and philanthropic efforts benefiting youth citywide.   

“I believe deeply that education is the key to economic mobility, and I am very impressed by the opportunities available to students at City Colleges,” said Ms. Telman. “Chancellor Hyman has done an incredible job, and I am honored that Mayor Emanuel has asked me to serve this institution as it moves into its next phase with Juan Salgado.”   

Together, Salgado and the Board of Trustees, with advice from the Provost Selection Team, will identify and appoint a new Provost, who will oversee new and sustained educational initiatives to support the next generation of CCC students in preparing for success in four-year degree programs and the demands of 21st century careers.   

Salgado’s appointment is subject to City Colleges’ Board approval, and Telman’s appointment is subject to City Council approval; appointees are expected to begin service this spring.

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