Faculty and union officials at the City Colleges of Chicago remain in the dark about who the district’s next chancellor will be, or how that person will be selected.
While outgoing Chancellor Wayne Watson had been expected to retire from his City Colleges post at the end of this month, he will remain in the position until July 31, Board Chairman Jim Tyree says. Watson’s contract to be the president of Chicago State University begins Aug. 1.
Tyree declined to provide any details on how or when the next chancellor would be picked.
“We’re working on it, working with some folks from the mayor’s office,” Tyree says.
And he was unable to give specifics on how students and faculty would be involved in the process for picking the next chancellor.
“I don’t know the direct answer to that, but they will be involved,” he says.
Perry Buckley, the president of the Cook County College Teachers Union, says while the union has generally not been involved in past selections, he has heard almost nothing about the current process.
The City Colleges board’s bylaws state that the board must appoint the chancellor, but in past practice, the board has simply ratified appointments made by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Spokespeople in the mayor’s office did not return calls seeking comment.
Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.