Moraine Valley Community College graduate Juan Salgado has been named the newest chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, a seven-campus community college system.

A 1989 Moraine Valley graduate, Salgado went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has long been considered an influential voice at the local and national levels for his work on the educational, political and economic advancement of the Latino community. His most current work was as president of Instituto del Progresso Latino, an organization that significantly impacts lives of Latino families seeking self-sufficiency in Chicago. He also has been serving on the Chicago Park District Board of Directors.

Salgado came back to Moraine Valley as the commencement keynote speaker in 2014, where he told the crowd he “entered community college in search of my North Star and found it. My North Star was learning, and I vowed to follow it. I’m still following my star, and I have Moraine Valley to thank for instilling in me a love of learning.”

He was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2013 by both Moraine Valley Community College and by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.