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Dr. Peggy Korellis
Interim President
 

Harold Washington College Interim President Dr. Peggy Korellis has dedicated her 27-year career to serving students through public education. She graduated from Indiana University with two degrees—in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Secondary Education and with her Master’s Degree in Language Arts in 1998. In 2004, she earned an endorsement in Secondary Literacy through Roosevelt University. Dr. Korellis completed her Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Policy Studies and Urban School Leadership in August of 2013.

Dr. Korellis spent the first ten years of her professional life as a classroom teacher, teaching grades 7 and 9-12 in Indiana; Athens, Greece; and at Richards High School in the Chicago Public Schools. From there, she became a Literacy Coach for the Chicago Public Schools and worked with 14 high schools on the far south side of Chicago to develop literacy programs. After two years in that role, she became assistant principal at Corliss High School.   

In 2007 Dr. Korellis became the founding principal of TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. After serving as principal of TEAM for five years, Dr. Korellis transitioned to the role of Deputy Chief of the Southside Network, working alongside the Chief to supervise principals at 17 south side high schools.   

In 2013, Dr. Korellis transitioned her career to post-secondary education by accepting the position of Director of Strategic Initiatives at Harry S. Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Since then, she has accepted increasingly responsible roles within City Colleges, such as Dean of Education, Human and Natural Sciences at Truman College; Acting President at Truman College; and Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Truman College. Some of her accomplishments include developing education pathways, expanding partnerships with employers and four-year partners, and leading the effort to have Truman College become the first community college in Illinois to offer the English as a Second Language and the Bilingual Endorsements for licensed educators.    

Most recently, Dr. Korellis has served City Colleges’ District Office in the role of Associate Vice Chancellor of Early College, where she is able to combine her expertise of K-12 education along with her post-secondary knowledge to expand and create opportunities for Chicago students to earn credits in City Colleges programs.   

When she isn’t working, Dr. Korellis loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband Antwoine, and her two children Athena, age 11 and Niko, age 6.​

 

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