Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, CEO
Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, Illinois Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year 2008, is recognized for her vision, leadership and reform of education. She believes that the future of urban education depends on quality leadership that requires dedication, cooperation and acceptance of new levels of responsibility by administrators, principals, faculties, parents, students and community leaders to produce a true learning community.
The former Chief of Schools and Regions of Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Davis joined Matteson School District 162 as Superintendent in 2002. At the time, only 55 percent of the district’s students met or exceeded the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) proficiency goals. With implementation of a more rigorous curriculum and instructional program, the state exam scores increased by almost 50 percent.
In 2010, at the request of parents and community leaders and in the belief that the area’s students needed a choice and hope for their future, Dr. Davis spearheaded the launch of Southland College Prep Charter High School. The success of the school is demonstrated in our results, notably that 100% of our three graduating classes have been accepted to four-year higher education institutions.
Dr. Davis has brought together a team of seasoned education professionals to lead Southland, each dedicated to the success of every student and the school as a whole. This team is responsible for collaborating in the day-to-day running of the school, always with a laser focus on the school’s mission of preparing every student for college enrollment and success.