June 21, 2016
Cheryl Hyman – Chancellor – City Colleges of Chicago
As Chancellor of the City Colleges, Cheryl Hyman is responsible for managing a $700 million budget, overseeing 5,500 employees, and ensuring the success of more than 100,000 students annually. Since she launched a Reinvention of City Colleges in April 2010, the graduation rate has more than doubled and degrees awarded annually are the highest in City Colleges’ history. With Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she launched College to Careers, which partners faculty and staff with more than 150 industry leaders and universities to better prepare students for careers in fast-growing fields. Hyman has overseen a balanced budget each year of her tenure with no increase in taxes, saved $70 million, launched a $524 million capital plan, and negotiated student outcome goals into key labor agreements.
Prior to being appointed Chancellor, Hyman had a 14-year career at ComEd, an Exelon company, rising to Vice President of Operations Strategy and Business Intelligence. She serves on the boards of the Illinois Community College Board, Complete College America, Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. A graduate of the community college system she now runs, Hyman also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Community Development from North Park University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.