CCC Board Confirms Chancellor Juan Salgado
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
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
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.