Cheryl Hyman

    Vice Provost for Academic Alliances

Leading Change Together
It has been a challenging year for us and our institutions. Our nation is facing multiple crises—a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a reckoning with racial justice - and our campuses are not immune to any of these factors. As the pandemic recedes, we will find our society and our institutions permanently changed. We will have to take a hard look at the underlying challenges we are facing and prepare to urgently address them.

Monday, March 15th
4:20 - 5:20 PM Eastern Time

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Hyman is Vice Provost for Academic Alliances at ASU. She is leading academic partnerships between ASU and the community colleges and other educational institutions both locally and nationally, ensuring that students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree have the resources and a pathway to successfully transition to ASU. Prior to joining ASU Hyman served as the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, 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. Following her tenure as chancellor, Ms. Hyman authored Reinvention: The Promise and Challenge of Transforming a Community College System (Harvard Education Press, 2018).

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Before 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 and economic development, and government and legislative affairs. She served on the Illinois Community College Board and now serves on the boards of Complete College America and the Chicago History Museum. She is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago, and The Urban Institute’s U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. She also previously served on the board of directors of The Night Ministry of Chicago, whose mission is to work to provide housing, health care, and human connection to members of the Chicago communities struggling with poverty and homelessness and previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Illinois children who were wards of the court.

Hyman is often called to discuss community college reform, including Viewpoints with the American Enterprise Institute, serving as a panelist at The Hamilton Project and the Center for 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, The Chronicle of Higher Education and on Cheryl was also named one of America's Ten Most Innovative College Presidents by Washington Monthly.

Cheryl 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 with a certification in nonprofit management from North Park University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Hyman is a Chicago native who grew up on the city’s West Side.

Hyman continues to speak nationally about higher education and leadership issues. To learn more visit

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Cheryl is graciously donating her honorarium to this year's Community Partner:

SOUNDS Academy is a non-profit music education organization that teaches, mentors, and provides musical experience and opportunities for youth.

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