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CCC Board Confirms Chancellor Juan Salgado

4/7/2017 12:00 PM

Following an appointment by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a six-month national search involving board members, faculty, staff and students, the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to name Juan Salgado as Chancellor of the seven-college community college system for a three-year term.   

Salgado will build upon outgoing Chancellor Cheryl Hyman's record of student outcome gains at CCC that included more than doubling the graduation rate and the number of degrees awarded annually.    

“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 at the March announcement. “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 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 City Colleges, 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.      

“Juan Salgado is a trailblazing educational and civic leader with decades of experience in working in Chicago’s communities to expand educational and employment opportunities for youth, adult learners and immigrants, and who has shown the dedication, skill, expertise and character necessary to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer of the District,” noted CCC Board of Trustees Chair Charles R. Middleton in the Board’s resolution.  

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.   

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 was selected to lead CCC’s continued success with a focus on further enhancing partnerships with stakeholders including 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’s new role begins May 1, 2017. 

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