July 26, 2012
CHICAGO – The Chicago Board of Education yesterday approved the appointment of Todd Babbitz as Chief Transformation Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to oversee the newly created Office of Strategy Management (OSM). The highly anticipated position and office is critical to ensuring the District remains focused on its long-term vision for improving the quality of education for CPS students.
CPS has identified and begun to create the conditions necessary to improve the educational opportunities for all students in the District. These range from providing additional instructional time to give teachers and students the time needed to boost achievement to implementing the rigorous Common Core Standards and improving accountability systems at all levels. The District has focused on leadership development, engaging families as partners, and adding proven and innovative school models that will effectively meet the demands of families in communities across the city.
Through the new OSM, Babbitz will work across all CPS departments guiding day-to-day execution to ensure alignment with overall District strategies. He will serve as a strategic thought partner for senior leadership and drive the organization to implement effectively the initiatives laid out by the administration.
"The task for my team at CPS isn't to start the education reform process in Chicago, it's to complete it thoroughly, deliberately and systemically," said CEO Brizard. "That is why we are extremely excited to welcome Todd to CPS. He brings an incredibly dynamic strategic experience that we need to ensure we are carrying out the long term vision we have set for this District and for our students."
Babbitz has experience as a change agent having made his mark with McKinsey & Company consulting Fortune 500 organizations undergoing major transformation. He most recently was Chief Marketing Officer, Benefits Outsourcing for Hewitt Associates, where he led strategy and strategic marketing for a $1.5 billion business unit and previously served as a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, focusing on antitrust law.
"As the son of a teacher and as a new parent, I have the greatest respect and appreciation for the vital and challenging roles that teachers, school administrators, communities and parents play in educating our children and helping them to reach their full potential," Babbitz said. "I look forward to using my experience from my business and legal careers to improve the execution of Chicago Public Schools' strategies, in pursuit of a shared mission of preparing every student, in every community, to succeed in college and career."
Babbitz has an MBA from the University of Chicago's then-Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School). He earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chicago Public Schools serves 402,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.