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Leadership



Interim President - Dr. Ignacio Lopez        

​​​​​​​​Prior to his presidency at Harold Washington College, Dr. Lopez served as the Deputy Provost of Academic and Student Affairs at National Louis University. He has been in higher education for over ten years serving in various capacities including associate faculty member, program chair, unit director, and assistant dean. In addition to his leadership, Dr. Lopez has served as an advisor and consultant to several school districts across the country, supporting strategic initiatives focused on family-school-community engagement, culturally responsive teaching and capacity building. Dr. Lopez engages with K-12 schools, higher education leaders, foundations, and community organizations across the country to promote best practices that support the retention and success of undergraduate students.      

Dr. Lopez is committed to community and community engagement. He has served as a school board member for Illinois School District 73, was an appointed governing board member for the University Center of Lake County, and has served in advisory capacity to several community organizations around the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Lopez's career in education also includes positions as a Chicago Public Schools high school English teacher, AVID teacher, reading teacher and curriculum leader. Dr. Lopez holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Psychology and an MA in teaching from National Louis University. He obtained his BA in English from the University of Chicago in Illinois. Dr. Lopez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. He is a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools.     

Dr. Lopez is author and coauthor of books and online articles, including The Essential Classroom Management Checklist and and The Empowerment Approach to Behavior Management. His latest book is titled: Keeping it Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in your Diverse Classrooms, which was released in August 2017.


President's Executive Council

    Armen Sarrafian
    Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
    asarrafian@ccc.edu

      Kent Lusk
      Executive Director, Business & Operational Services
      klusk1@ccc.edu

        Paul Thompson, III
        Dean of College to Careers

        pthompson40@ccc.edu 

        Wendell Blair
        Dean of Student Services
        wblair@ccc.edu

        Vincent Wiggins
        Dean of Instruction
        vwiggins1@ccc.edu 

          George Calisto
          Assistant Director of Research & Planning
          gcalisto@ccc.edu 

            Meghan Chandler
            Executive Director, Online Learning & Operations
            mchandler10@ccc.edu  ​​​​​​

            Heather LaBelle
            Director of Strategic Initiatives
            hlabelle@ccc.edu ​​​​​​

            Amelia Tsang
            Executive Office Manager
            atsang1@ccc.edu​​