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New State Superintendent is First Woman, Person of Color to Hold the Job

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dr. Carmen Ayala, MBA '87 was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker as the 30th State Superintendent of Education, effective March 1. Ayala is the first woman and the first person of color to serve in the position.

Ayala has more than 30 years of education experience, most recently as the superintendent of the Berwyn North School District. She also has served as an assistant superintendent in Plainfield District 202, director in Community Consolidated School District 300 in Carpentersville, and as an assistant superintendent, director of blingual services and English teacher at the Aurora East School District. She began her career as an English teachers in Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to her MBA from Dominican, Ayala holds a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University of Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree from Mundelein College.

Ayala succeeds State Superintendent Tony Smith, an Oak Park resident. Smith oversaw the implementation of a revised school funding formula that increased CPS revenue.