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Arne Duncan Biography

US Secretary of Education
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Secretary of Education, Jan. 20, 2009-present
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chicago Public Schools, June 2001-Dec. 2008
  • Recipient, Motorola Excellence in Public Service Award, Civic Federation of Chicago, 2008
  • Recipient of the following awards: the Niagara Foundation’s Education Award, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Enterprising Educator Award, and the University High School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007
  • City Club of Chicago named him Citizen of the Year, 2006
  • Member, Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program, class of 2002
  • Director, Ariel Education Initiative, 1992-1998
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago’s class of 1995
  • Former Board Member: Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children’s Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago, and the South Side YMCA
  • Recipient, Honorary Degrees, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College and National-Louis University
  • Former Volunteer, Phillips Brooks House Association
  • BA, magna cum laude, Sociology, Harvard University, 1986
  • Is married to Karen Duncan with two children, daughter Claire, 8, and son Ryan, 5, who attend a public elementary school in Arlington, VA
  • Played professional basketball in Australia with the Eastside Spectres, 1987-1991
  • Former Co-captain of Harvard’s basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American
  • His late father was a professor at the University of Chicago and his mother has run a South Side tutoring program for inner-city children since 1961
  • Born Nov. 6, 1964
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