President of Chicago Board of Education
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Incumbent
Miguel del Valle

since June 26, 2019[1]

The Chicago Board of Education is led by a president.[2] The current President of the Chicago Board of Education is Miguel del Valle.[2]

Since the 1995 Chicago School Reform Amendatory Act went into effect, the president has been directly appointed by the mayor of Chicago, rather than being elected among the members of the board.[3]

Beginning with the 2026 Chicago Board of Education elections, after which the Board of Education is slated to become an entirely-elected board, the president will be elected at-large.[4] It will be one of four at-large citywide elected offices in Chicago (alongside the mayor of Chicago, city clerk of Chicago, and city treasurer of Chicago).

Officeholders

Chairmen of the Chicago Board of School Inspectors (1840–1857)

Until 1857, the head of the school board was known as the "chairman of the Chicago Board of School Inspectors"[5] Written records of the board prior to 1840 are incomplete.[6]

Name Tenure Notes Citation
William Jones 1840–1843 [6]
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J. Young Scammon 1843–1845 [6]
William Jones 1845–1848 [6]
E. S. Kimberly 1848 [6]
unknown 1849 [6]
Henry Smith 1850–1851 [6]
William Jones 1851–1852 [6]
Flavel Moseley 1852–1853 [6]
William H. Brown 1853–1854 [6]
Flavel Moseley 1854–1857 [6]

Presidents of the Chicago Board of Education (1857–1995)

Name Tenure Notes Citation
Flavel Moseley 1857–1858 [6]
Luther Haven 1858–1860 [6]
John Clark Dore 1860–1861 [6][5]
John H. Foster 1861–1862 [6][5]
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Walter Loomis Newberry 1863 [6]
Charles N. Holden 1864–1866 [6]
George C. Clarke 1866–1867 [6]
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Lorenzo Brentano 1867–1868 [6]
S. A. Briggs 1868–1869 [6]
William H. King 1869–1870 [6]
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Eben F. Runyan 1870–1872 [6]
William H. King 1872–1874 [6]
John H. Richberg 1874–1876 [6]
W. K. Sullivan 1876–1878 [6]
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William H. Wells 1878–1880 [6]
Martin Delany 1880–1882 [6]
Norman Bridge 1882–1883 [6]
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Adolf Kraus 1883–1884 [6]
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James Rood Doolittle 1884–1885 [6]
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Adolf Kraus 1885–1886 [6]
Allan C. Story 1886–1888 [6]
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Graeme Stewart 1888–1889 [6]
William G. Beale 1889–1890 [6]
Louis Nettlehorst 1890–1891 [6]
John McLaren 1891–1893 [7][8][9]
Alfred S. Trude 1893–1895 [7][10]
Daniel R. Cameron 1895–1896 [11][12]
Edward G. Halle 1896–1898 [13][14][15]
Graham H. Harris 1898–1902 [16][17]
Clayton Mark 1902–1905 [18]
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Edward Tilden 1905–1906 [19][20]
Emil W. Ritter 1906–1907 [21][22]
Otto C. Schneider 1907–1909 [23][24]
Alfred R. Urion 1909–1910 [25][23]
James Burton "J. B." McFatrich 1910–1912 [25][26]
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Peter Reinberg 1912−1914 [26][27]
Michael J. Collins 1914–1915 [28][29]
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Jacob Loeb 1915–1917 [30][31]
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Edwin S. Davis 1917–1922 [32][30]
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John Dill Robertson 1922–1923 [33][34][35][36]
Charles M. Moderwell 1923–1925 [37][38]
Edward B. Ellicott 1925–1926 Died in office [39][40]
Julius F. Smietanka acting 1926–1927 Served on acting basis [41][42]
J. Lewis Coath 1927–1928 [43]
H. Wallace Caldwell 1928–1930 [44][45]
Lewis E. Myers 1930–1933 [44][46]
James B. McCahey 1933–1948 [47][48]
Charles J. Whipple 1947–1948 [49][50]
William B. Traynor 1948–1955 [51]
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Sargent Shriver 1955–1960 [52]
Thomas L. Marshall 1960–1961 [53]
William G. Caples 1961–1962 [54]
Clair Roddewig 1962–1964 [55]
Frank M. Whiston 1964–1970 [56]
John D. Carey 1970–1979 [57][58]
Catherine Rohter 1979–1980 [58][59][60]
Kenneth B. Smith 1980–1981 [61][62]
Raul Villalobos 1981–1983 [63][64]
Sol Brandzel 1983–1984 [65][66]
George Muñoz 1984–1987 [67][68]
Frank Gardner 1987–1989 [69][70]
James Compton interim 1989–1990 Served on an interim basis [71][72]
Clinton Bristow Jr. 1990–1992 [73][74]
Florence Cox 1992–1993 [73][75]
D. Sharon Gant 1993–1995 [76][77]

Chairmen of the School Reform Board of Trustees (1995–1999)

Name Tenure Notes Citation
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Gery Chico 1995–1999 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley [78][79][80]

Presidents of the Chicago Board of Education (1999–present)

Name Tenure Notes Citation
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Gery Chico 1999–2001 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley [78][80]
Michael W. Scott 2001–2006 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley [81][82]
Rufus Williams 2006–2009 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley [83]
Michael W. Scott 2009 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley; died in office [82][84]
Mary Richardson-Lowry 2010–2011 Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley [85]
David J. Vitale 2011–2015 Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel [86][87]
Frank Clark 2016–2019 Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel [88][89]
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Miguel del Valle 2019–present Appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot [90]

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