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Michael Scott, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Arguments Of Convenience Lack Integrity.

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Arguments Of Convenience Lack Integrity.

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Cable industry executive and president of the Chicago Board of Education, Michael Scott, Sr. was born September 4, 1949, and raised on Chicago’s West Side. Following his graduation from Hales Franciscan High School, Scott attended Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s in urban planning. While still in high school, Scott also considered a career as a professional athlete, having drawn attention from coaches for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, though an injury prevented him from following through with this.

After earning his B.A. from Fordham, Scott began working for the Pyramid West Development Corporation, where he served as vice-president and became highly involved in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. In this position, Scott was instrumental in the rehabilitation of 1,500 housing units, building a senior center and establishing the Community Bank of Lawndale. In 1978, Scott became director of community development of the Lawndale People’s Planning & Action Council, where he remained for four years. During that same time, he was elected to the Chicago Board of Education.

His involvement in the community was recognized by then-Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and Scott was appointed deputy director and later director of the Department of Special Events. He also served as special assistant to the mayor in charge of communications. Following Washington’s untimely death, Scott remained active in city politics, and during Richard Daley’s first year in office, he was named chief cable administrator for the City of Chicago’s Office of Cable Communications.

Leaving the government, Scott remained in the cable industry, taking a position with AT&T Broadband and continuing on in his current position as vice-president of regulatory affairs for Comcast.

Scott would again return to public service in Chicago, serving as president of the Chicago Park District, and in 2001, he was named president of the Chicago Board of Education. During his tenure there, Scott worked to actively involve parents in the education process, and the Chicago Public Schools rapidly increased attendance, funding and overall rating nationwide as a school district.

Scott passed away in Chicago on November 16, 2009.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael Scott discusses his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael Scott discusses his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael Scott speculates about the origin of his blue eyes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael Scott describes the beginnings of his parents' life together
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michael Scott discusses his two siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michael Scott remembers growing up in a tight-knit Chicago community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michael Scott considers the various Chicago neighborhoods of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michael Scott describes his personality as a young schoolboy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael Scott discusses the gangs of Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael Scott discusses Chicago's history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael Scott names the schools he attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael Scott talks about his religious affiliations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael Scott recounts memories of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michael Scott describes his affinity for sports in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michael Scott describes his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michael Scott remembers his dreams of a professional sports career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michael Scott describes two prominent Chicago styles of dress
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michael Scott discusses the influence of community figures and prominent politicians
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Michael Scott discusses the Daley family's political presence in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Michael Scott considers a career in law enforcement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael Scott explains why he did not choose a career in law enforcement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael Scott discusses his interest in Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael Scott remembers his childhood summers in Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael Scott discusses his experience at Xavier University of Louisana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael Scott remembers life as a college student in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael Scott shares insights from his college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael Scott discusses life after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael Scott describes his employment with various Chicago community organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michael Scott remembers phases in Chicago's modern history