Cheryl Hyman

Former Chancellor

City Colleges of Chicago


Cheryl Hyman

Former Chancellor

City Colleges of Chicago

As the former Chancellor of the City Colleges, Cheryl Hyman’s number one priority was student success. responsible for managing a budget of more than $700 million, overseeing 5,500 employees, and ensuring the success of more than 100,000 students annually. Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2010 and reappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel a year later, Hyman was leading the Reinvention of City Colleges in partnership with faculty, staff, students, four year colleges and members of the civic and business communities to ensure that all CCC students successfully graduate ready for further college and careers.
Recent Accomplishments: During her tenure at City Colleges, Hyman boosted student success through academic and operational reforms. Under her leadership, notable accomplishments include:

- The number of degrees awarded annually has more than doubled and was the highest in City Colleges’ history.
- The graduation rate of 17 percent was the highest on record, and more than double up from 7% when the she arrived.
- Certificates increased more than 20%
- Adult Education students who transfer from GED/ESL courses to college credit courses increased by 171%
- Transfer agreements were signed with a number of four-year institutions including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois-Chicago, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. - Transfer increased by 9%
- Hyman oversaw the development of balanced budgets with no increase in taxes, saved $70 million in operations costs which was redirected to the classroom, and implemented new business and accounting standards, including zero-based budgeting.
- City Colleges launched College to Careers, an innovative program that works to partner CCC faculty and staff with industry experts to better prepare students for careers in seven fast-growing fields and help increase the competitiveness of Chicago’s companies by providing them with a highly skilled workforce.
- To date, more than 200 companies, organizations and four year colleges are partners and more than 3,000 students have found jobs or paid internships in College to Careers fields.
- City Colleges launched a $524 million capital plan that included academic enhancements at all seven colleges, including a new $251 million Malcolm X College campus which opened in January 2016, and a new $45 million TDL Center at Olive-Harvey College, in support of College to Careers.
- Kennedy-King College received the first-ever Aspen Prize for Rapid Growth in Completion for more than tripling its graduation rate under her tenure.

Professional History: Prior to being appointed Chancellor in April 2010, Hyman served as Vice President of Operations Strategy and Business Intelligence at ComEd, an Exelon company. She joined ComEd in 1996 and held positions across the company during her 14-year career, including in the areas of Information Technology, Transmission and Distribution, Community & Economic Development, and Government & Legislative Affairs. Civic Involvement & Speaking Engagements: Hyman serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the national advocacy organization Complete College America (CCA), the Indiana-based non-profit organization leading America’s effort to improve college graduation rates. She serves a member of the Urban Institutes US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago as well as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and a former member for the Illinois Community College Board. Hyman is often called to discuss community college reform including with Bill Gates, who featured her on his blog, She has also served as a panelist at The Hamilton Project and the Center for the American Progress’s “The Future of American Jobs Part II” discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., NBC News’s Education Nation Summit in New York City, the National Journal’s Educating for Success: The Nexus Between College Completion and American Competitiveness in Washington D.C., the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and as a recent guest on the Tavis Smiley Show to discuss College to Careers as a national model. Her work has also been cited in major publications, including: The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chancellor Hyman was also named one of Americas Ten Most Innovative College Presidents by Washington Monthly.
Education: Chancellor Hyman was once a City Colleges student herself: she is a graduate of Olive-Harvey College. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts Degree in Community Development from North Park University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Chancellor Hyman is a Chicago native who grew up on the city’s West Side.

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