07 Feb 2019
New Charter School CEO Debuts Colorful Changes
Constance Jones dyed her hair purple to mark the beginning of a new era for the Chicago-area Noble charter school networkTopics:
Photo via the Chicago Sun-Times / provided by Noble
Constance Jones (MBA 2008) understands the importance of demonstrating change: As detailed in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Noble Network CEO arrived to school last month with purple hair to announce a new easing of dress code regulations.
Jones started in the role late last year after the previous CEO exited abruptly after investigations found that he had engaged in a “pattern of inappropriate behavior”, leading Jones and the head of schools to express a lack of confidence in his leadership. “The last quarter of the year, quite frankly was the toughest in my life,” Jones told the Sun-Times. “I’d never been in this situation before, but I knew that something needed to be done, and I don’t regret doing the right thing.”
At 37, the paper notes that she is “one of the youngest ever to head a charter network in the Chicago area” as well as the first African-American woman to serve as Noble’s CEO. The article noted that the move to loosen the dress code was also prompted by Jones’s own desire to get a tattoo to memorialize her father, who passed away in 2016. “I knew I could get the tattoo today and show up and still be the same person and do the same great work and nothing has changed,” she told the Sun-Times. “That just felt like a tension in me.”
Class of MBA 2008, Section A