Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, announces the hiring of Paul R. Thompson, III, 48, as Dean of College to Careers.
Launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in December 2011, College to Careers aims to equip City Colleges students with industry-recognized credentials and degrees that prepare them to secure jobs in high-growth sectors. As part of the College to Careers program, partner businesses are working directly with City Colleges faculty and staff to revamp the curriculum, design new facilities, provide internships and give students the opportunity to interview for jobs in high-demand fields. Mayor Emanuel announced in June that Harold Washington College’s industry focus will be business, entrepreneurship and professional services, which Thompson will oversee.
“We are excited to have Paul lead our College to Careers initiative because of his extensive experience in business, entrepreneurship and professional services,” said Donald J. Laackman, president of Harold Washington College. “His network will be a great benefit as we build partners and identify career opportunities for our students and his knowledge will be an asset as we look to improve and add programs in these industries.”
Thompson brings broad management and business experience to the position, most recently serving as a Principal for Quest Development and ConQuest Construction, a real estate development firm and general contractor in the South Loop. He also worked as a management consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and has held several leadership roles in manufacturing operations. Thompson has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Quality and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.
City Colleges of Chicago’s Board of Trustees approved his hiring at its monthly meeting on October 4, 2012, and he began work on October 8, 2012.