Wayne Watson, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the academic school year next summer.
Wayne Watson, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the academic school year next summer. “The past 10 years have been both challenging and rewarding. City Colleges’ mission is to proactively deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services to Chicago’s diverse student population. I have been blessed to work in an environment of participatory governance with faculty and presidents of outstanding talent who share my passion for excellence and diversity in education,” Watson said in a statement. Watson, 62, was appointed to the post in March 1998 and is credited with raising the academic bar for the city colleges during his administration. Mayor Richard M. Daley said, “Wayne Watson has provided strong leadership to City Colleges in his decade as chancellor. His work has strengthened the effectiveness of the colleges in delivering learning opportunities and educational services to the diverse student population of our city.” Prior to his appointment as chancellor, he served as president of Kennedy-King College and interim president of Harold Washington College. Watson started his career with the college system 30 years ago at Malcolm X College. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.