ICCTA Ray Hartstein
Trustee Achievement Award
James C. Tyree
City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago board chair James C. Tyree is the recipient of ICCTA's
2007 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award.
As board chair of the City Colleges, Tyree oversees one of the largest urban community college systems in
the nation with seven colleges and 160,000 students.
City Colleges of Chicago board chair James Tyree (second from left) receives ICCTA's
2007 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award from ICCTA Honorary Member Ray Hartstein, City Colleges chancellor Wayne
Watson, and ICCTA past president Clare Ollayos.
He was appointed to the non-paid position by Mayor Richard J.
Daley in 2000.
During his seven-year tenure as board chair, Tyree has initiated a number of innovative programs at City Colleges,
including a yearly quality improvement analysis to enhance its programs and educational opportunities.
Last fall he convened a one-day symposium with civic and business leaders that examined strategies to support
the City Colleges' mission within a national and international context.
Tyree also brought students and faculty together for a series of televised town-hall meetings on such issues
as stem-cell research and the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
In 2004, Tyree negotiated a landmark labor contract with Cook County Teachers Union Local 1600 and personally
intervened to bring an end to the faculty strike that preceded that agreement.
In addition, he has served on the Trustees Association’s Executive Committee since his appointment as board chair
and played a key role in ICCTA’s nationwide executive director search in 2004.
Outside the educational arena, Tyree is chair and CEO of Mesirow Financial Services, an international diversified
financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. He has served on more than 40 corporate, civic and not-for-profit
boards, including terms as chair of The Executives Club of Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
In 2004, his longtime advocacy on behalf of diabetes awareness led to his selection as "Person of the Year" by the
Illinois chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
For additional information on the Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award, please contact Kim Villanueva at
1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.
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