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Mayor Richard M. Daley today named Terry Mazany to serve as the interim Chief Executive Officer to Chicago Public Schools. Mazany, 54, who has served as the President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) since 2004, will replace Ron Huberman who resigned and will be leaving CPS at the end of November.
“I'm asking Terry to accept this interim responsibility because he brings both managerial skills as well as experience in education to the job,” Daley said in a City Hall news conference.
During his tenure at The trust, Mazany has served as the Chief Operating Officer and as Director and Senior Program Officer for the Education Initiative where he spearheaded the design and implementation of The Trust’s initial $50 million commitment to improving Chicago schools.
The Trust’s Education Initiative focuses on developing leadership and innovation and strengthening curriculum and instruction in Chicago’s schools and has been an important partner in Chicago’s school reform efforts. Mazany’s work led to an additional $50 million being committed to education by The Trust.
The Chicago Community Trust has been a leading community foundation that has worked to improve the Chicago region for the past 95 years by connecting donors to community and nonprofit organizations.
“We've implemented many reforms, starting with making learning in the classroom our priority. Our students must learn the basics of reading, math and science if they're to succeed in everyday life,” Daley said.
“Still, we're not where we need to be. We must keep our progress going so that our students and our schools deliver on our promise of preparing our students for post-secondary education and the workforce,” he said.
Mazany has a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on organizational change, from the University of Arizona.
Before joining The Chicago Community Trust, he worked in the Detroit Public Schools, and then in districts throughout the country including schools in Baltimore, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as other smaller districts.
In addition to his work at the Trust, Mazany led the Chicago Recovery Partnership effort, which is an historic collaboration among the City, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses to maximize federal economic stimulus funding in the City.
Mazany’s leadership with the Recovery Partnership helped the City of Chicago secure an extraordinary $2.2 billion in federal grants, including $469 million in competitive funds.
Daley said he has asked Mazany -- who will serve for the token salary of one dollar -- to focus on a number of areas in order to keep progress going at CPS:
- He needs to find a chief education officer who is responsible on a daily basis for developing and implementing education policy.
- He must maintain focus on classroom learning and make sure that CPS is using the latest teaching techniques.
- He needs to continue the approach under which supports both the improvement of neighborhood schools, including high schools, and the expansion of charter schools.
- He must everything possible is being done to keep students safe as they go to and from school, including full implementation of the 'culture of calm' program.
- He must continue to work with the Chicago Teacher's Union to better prepare the teaching workforce.
- He needs to work toward expanding the system of Career Academies, which train students for the jobs of the future and he must work with Chicago's City Colleges to help them deliver on their reinvention of the system.
- And he must continue to better manage city's schools to protect taxpayers and put every dollar possible into classroom learning.
“I’d like to thank the Executive Committee of The Chicago Community Trust for allowing its senior executive to serve in this critical position for an interim period. This is a reflection of the Trust’s long-standing commitment to improving education in our city,” the Mayor said.
Daley also thanked Ron Huberman for his leadership and commitment -- not just for his efforts to improve the schools as CEO, but for all the ways he has served Chicago.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools
Terry Mazany was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools by Mayor Richard M. Daley on November 16, 2010.
Since 2004, Mazany has served as President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s largest community foundations with assets of more than $1.5 billion and grant- making exceeding $100 million that annually benefits more than two thousand not-for-profit organizations in metropolitan Chicago. He has also served as the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer.
Mazany joined the Trust in 2001 as Director and Senior Program Officer for its Education Initiative. In this capacity, he led the design and implementation of the Trust’s $50 million, five-year commitment to support literacy, teacher and principal quality, and the creation of new schools in Chicago. Based on the success of this initiative, the Trust renewed its funding for a second five-year $50 million commitment focused on expanding system wide improvements across all curriculum content areas, developing more high quality principal and teacher leaders, and supporting innovation at the local school level.
Mazany earned a Masters in Anthropology and a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on organizational change, from the University of Arizona. He applied this knowledge of organizational change and continuous improvement to bring about conditions of equitable education opportunities. First in the Detroit Public Schools, and then in districts throughout the country including Baltimore, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as many smaller school districts.
He was recently elected to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and he is active in several area not-for-profit organizations including: Donors Forum, the Chicago High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, and as a member of the board of Renaissance 2010. Additionally, Mazany has served as a member of the Council on Global Affairs task forces for Globalization and Immigration, and is co-chair of the Partnership for New Communities which supports the transformation of public housing in Chicago.
In response to the economic recession and an invitation from Mayor Daley of Chicago, Mazany provided leadership to organize the Recovery Partnership involving over 50 foundations to support the distribution of over $1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds in Chicago.
Nationally, Mazany is a board member of the Council on Foundations and chairman of the Council’s Community Foundations Leadership Team which represents the nation’s 700 community foundations, as well as past President of the Community Foundations Service Corporation. He is a member of the Diversity in Philanthropy Project. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Independent Sector’s leadership award selection committee.
Preceding his work in the public sector, Mazany enjoyed his first career as an archaeologist and dendrochronologist – using tree-ring chronologies to date human settlements and develop past climate records.
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