Trinity Women Strike Again! Today’s news from New York City is stunning: Cathie Black, Class of 1966, is the new chancellor of the New York City Public Schools! She succeeds Joel Klein who is moving over to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
Having served for the last 15 years as president and CEO, then chairman of Hearst Magazines, Cathie has decided to give back to her city by taking the helm of the largest public school system in the nation. She will be the first woman to do so — Cathie has been “first” before, as the president and publisher of then-new USA Today, then president of the Newspaper Association of America, and then on to Hearst. She has held longstanding positions on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and the Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” where she ranks along with those other Trinity powerhouses Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius.
Mayor Bloomberg had this to say about Cathie, “Cathie Black is a superstar manager who has succeeded in spectacular in the private sector. She is brilliant, she is innovative, she is driven—and there is virtually nobody who knows more about the needs of the 21st century workforce for which we need to prepare our kids.”
Trinity students will recall that Cathie was on campus two years ago for a marvelous book party for her release of Basic Black, Cathie’s memoir and guide to success in the workplace. At that time, she showed her generosity and support for Trinity students by donating 200 copies of her book for our students.
I first had the pleasure of meeting and working with Cathie when we served on Trinity’s Board of Trustees together in the late 1980’s. At that time, she was publisher of USA Today, and I found her incisive ability to get to the heart of issues to be so compelling. Those were tough days for Trinity, but her business acumen really came through. She chaired a committee to think through new options for Trinity, and I was a member of that restructuring group, and we had many meetings in her Rosslyn top floor office looking out over the Potomac River and Washington. As powerful and glamorous as her job was, she was always down-to-earth and very pragmatic in her solutions for Trinity’s challenges. I learned a great deal from Cathie — ideas that helped me in my early days as Trinity’s president — and I’ve been so grateful for her ongoing friendship and support for Trinity as she’s moved on with her brilliant career at Hearst.
She will bring a fresh style and deep commitment to excellence to her new leadership role. The children of New York City are lucky! We are all cheering for Cathie’s success long into the future.
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