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Harold Washington College Presidential Search

Presidential Search

The City Colleges of Chicago has opened the search for the president of Harold Washington College. Located in the city’s downtown “Loop” area, Harold Washington is one of seven colleges comprising the City Colleges. The president of Harold Washington College reports to the Chancellor. ​

In keeping with its mission, Harold Washington College strives to empower all members of the college community through accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment. A talented faculty and staff work diligently to respond to the in- and out-of-classroom needs of approximately 12,700 students annually. The foundational core values of the college embody and honor the vision of Harold Washington, former mayor of Chicago. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 
​The City Colleges of Chicago has opened the search for the president of Harold Washington College.


The Chancellor and the college’s community seek a seasoned leader who will navigate the important internal and external relationships essential to the future of Harold Washington College. This individual must be the chief advocate and a bold voice on behalf of the college. The applicant must present stable and innovative leadership while exhibiting integrity and inspiring trust. The president will have a transparent open-door, open-mind management style, one that will foster an increased sense of mission, camaraderie, and service. Additional attributes follow:  
  • Commitment to the development of the whole student, including learning, engagement, health, and well-being;
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment and ensure a diverse and representative population of faculty, staff, and students through recruitment, enrollment, and retention;
  • Desire to be the bold voice and champion of the college with the business community, foundations, K-12, and the city's residents;
  • Significant senior-level administrative and management experience with teamwork, shared leadership, and shared governance in mind;
  • Firsthand knowledge of successful financial management, resource generation, and donor support opportunities;
  • Deep knowledge of sound strategic planning and its alignment with budget development; 
  • Knowledge of the technology and pedagogical framework for online, face-to-face, and blended learning opportunities;
  • Creative thinker for college programs with appreciation for the balance of liberal arts education, career planning, and workforce interests;  
  • Ability to work effectively with plans and policies of the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and District office staff;
  • Familiarity and respect for a unionized environment; and 
  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Harold Washington College seeks a president who will be a leader and a learner. Leadership should be inspired, visible, entrepreneurial, and collaborative, enhancing the image of and support for the college.

Nominations and Applications

Senior level administrative and/or teaching experience at an urban community college is preferred. To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by September 20, 2019. The application must include a letter of interest (not more than three pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of finalists. The new president may assume office on or about December 1, 2019.​

The search is being directed by Edgar Rios, Manager of Recruitment and Staffing for City Colleges of Chicago. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to  Inquiries about this opportunity may be directed to the same email address. Additional information about the City Colleges of Chicago and Harold Washington College may be found at         

The City Colleges of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, order of protection status, disability, genetic information, military status, or status as a member of any other protected class under federal, state, or city law.               
To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by September 20, 2019.

Presidential Search Committee

Mark Potter  


Stephanie Burke  

Instructor, Art  

Yevgeniya Lapik    

Associate Professor, Biology  

Bridgette Mahan    

Instructor, Business  

Jacqueline Cunningham  

Assistant Professor, World Languages  

Phil Vargas  

Associate Professor, Physical Sciences  

Marnee Ostoa  

SGA President  

Delilah Hernandez  

SGA Vice President  

Marco Beas-Vargas  

Student, Phi Theta Kappa  

Meghan Chandler  

Executive Director, Online Learning  

Carla Rubalcava  

Director, Enrollment Management  

Yolanda Townsend-Smith  

College Administrative Assistant I – International Students  

Cristina Carillo  

College Advisor  

Juan Soto  

Gamaliel of Illinois  

Ernesto Matias  

Illinois State Board of Education  

Chynna Hampton  

Chicago Transit Authority  

Matthew Meunch  



​A​ search committee has been assembled from the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members of Harold Washington College.

About Harold Washington College

Harold Washington College is located in the Chicago Loop area and serves nearly 13,000 students. The college is located in an area considered to have the largest higher education footprint in Illinois with several colleges and universities nearby. Many students start at Harold Washington to jumpstart their college career and transfer on to complete a bachelor’s degree at institutions across the nation. Harold Washington College is the center of excellence in business and professional services. The college is also home to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and hosts an array of arts programs, including a partnership with the Joffrey Ballet that provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Arts with a focus on dance. Starting in Fall 2019, the DePaul Harold Washington Academy, a first-of-its kind partnership, will provide Star Scholar students with an affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Harold Washington College was recently recognized for institutional excellence and reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission.​