City Colleges of Chicago to Name Donald J. Laackman
President of Harold Washington College
Chicago, IL – Upon the advice of a committee of faculty, staff, students, area civic and business leaders, Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman announced today that she will recommend the appointment of Donald J. Laackman as the next President of Harold Washington College, the downtown campus of the seven college system. The appointment will be considered by Chairman Martin Cabrera Jr. and the CCC Board of Trustees at a Board meeting this week.
“The City Colleges are tremendously fortunate to bring aboard a leader with Don’s deep management experience and commitment to student success,” said Chancellor Hyman. “Don has proven himself to be a results-oriented leader in the non-profit and private sector. He will be a key member of the team responsible for achieving our Reinvention goals of greater degree attainment, job placement and career advancement.”
“We are holding the Board, all leadership, faculty and staff accountable for meeting our student-centered goals,” said Chairman Cabrera. “Don’s exemplary character and outstanding professional record make him well-suited for the challenge ahead.”
Chancellor Hyman continued: “I want to commend the faculty, staff, students, business and civic leaders on the committee for conducting a thorough search, and thank Interim President John Metoyer for his work during the transition period.”
Currently a Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA), Mr. Laackman manages CCA’s Workforce and Education program areas. He has led several workforce system change initiatives, including the creation of a new workforce board overseeing $360 million in workforce funding in Chicago, a strategy for improving Career and Technical Education for 25,000 Chicago Public School high school students, and the creation of several advisory councils comprised of business, civic and community leaders to advise CCC on its Reinvention initiative.
Mr. Laackman previously served as a Managing Director at Accenture, one of the world’s leading consulting, technology, and outsourcing firms. Over a twenty-three year career, he led strategic, change, and information technology (IT) solution initiatives while providing client management, professional development, business unit management, profit and loss delivery, contract negotiations, and sales.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
“I look forward to working with leadership, faculty, staff and students in this moment of great opportunity at the City Colleges to ensure CCC students receive an education of value and are prepared to reach their goals,“ said Mr. Laackman.
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), District 508, is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students at seven campuses and thirteen satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, launched by Chancellor Cheryl Hyman shortly after her appointment by Mayor Richard M. Daley in March 2010. Reinvention is a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals.
CCC includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees: the Washburne Trade School, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3FM. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call: (773) COLLEGE or visit www.reinventingccc.org.