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Arne Duncan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the nation. Since his appointment in 2001, Mr. Duncan has been at the forefront of a movement to create smaller, community schools that make the most of public resources for both students and their neighborhoods.
Duncan joined the Chicago Public Schools in 1998, when he became Deputy Chief of Staff for former Schools CEO Paul Vallas. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program to enhance educational opportunities for children on Chicago''''s South Side. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he worked with children who were wards of the state.
Arne Duncan currently serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College and the Visiting Committees for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in sociology. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award, the Family Focus Honor and the Ivy League Alumni Challenge. In 2006, the City Club of Chicago named him Citizen of the Year.