Tim Cawley joined CPS in May 2011 and was previously the Managing Director, Finance and Administration at the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), a nonprofit that partners with CPS to turn around chronically-failing public schools. He joined the education-reform movement in 2008 after a 30 year business career. In his last role he was a Senior Vice-President at Motorola, where he led a number of areas including the North American cell phone business and global logistics for the entire company.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Global Leadership Program at the University of Michigan. He has served on several boards for community, service, and education organizations.
Q. What do you feel is your biggest charge and challenge in the work you are leading at CPS?
A. To bring disciplined management systems to all operational areas of the district, so that every dollar spent there is optimized, freeing frees up resources for the classroom.
Q. What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
A. Leading large, complex organizations through significant change and improvement processes and building great teams of leaders.
Q. What are you most passionate about professionally?
A. Making the district run better so our students have the best possible chance for a great education.
Q. Do you have any awards or medals?
A. I made Crain’s “40 Under 40” the same year that Barack Obama received the same recognition.
Q. What are you passionate about personally?
A. Helping others who are less fortunate.
- Hometown: Cleveland
- Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen
- Favorite Leisure Activity: Spending time with his four children - Conor (24), Kevin (21), Brian (19) and Polina (14)
- Pets: A Cocker spaniel named, Axel
- Most prized possession: wedding ring
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