By TONIA HILL
Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, has joined the U. of C. as a distinguished senior fellow at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Harris School of Public Policy.
Duncan will participate in seminars, conferences and student-led initiatives at the Harris School. He will also serve as a special advisor the dean of Harris providing advice to the dean in areas of public policy. Duncan will also develop, organize and host two events per year at the public policy school.
“The University of Chicago is committed to bringing together scholars and practitioners to confront the challenges faced by educators in Chicago and cities around the world,” President Robert J. Zimmer said in a written statement. “Arne Duncan, with his wealth of experience, brings important insights into the nation’s educational challenges, with a perspective informed by his understanding of Chicago’s South Side.”
Duncan is a graduate of the U. of C. Laboratory Schools, and his father Starkey Duncan Jr., was a professor of psychology at the university. Before he was appointed Secretary of Education, Duncan served as CPS CEO for seven years. He stepped down from his post as education secretary in 2015. He serves as managing partner of Emerson Collective. The organization provides job skills and opportunities for Chicago youth.
“The University of Chicago and Harris are internationally recognized leaders in education and outcomes-focused research, which are passion points for me,” Duncan said in written statement. “I am pleased to join the UChicago community, with its outstanding reputation for debate and inquiry—it certainly played an important role in shaping my education as a child.”