New Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman comes out

Mon. February 2, 2009 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

stan sloan and ron huberman at an event for chicago house

photo credit // frank failing
Chicago, IL - New Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman has come out in a profile published in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 37-year-old Huberman was most recently president of the Chicago Transit Authority and served as Mayor Richard M. Daley's Chief of Staff for two years. Prior to that he was a police officer and was instrumental in creating new technologies that allowed the police department to work in ways it had never done in the past.

In his new $225,000-a-year position, Huberman will serve as CEO of the nation's third largest school system. He follows Arne Duncan who was named Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama.

In the Sun-Times feature published on January 31st, Huberman says that he came out to his parents at age 15 while attending Lyons Township High School.

"It's always difficult for kids. It was difficult for my parents at first. But they've become very accepting and very supportive," Huberman told the paper.

Huberman's public statement is no surprise to those close to him and his sexuality was common knowledge in city government. Huberman was also active in LGBT community events.

"There are always those who will look to divide us," Huberman said of those who might hold negative stereotypes on gays. "I'm focused on what unites us. What I believe unites every Chicagoan is the need to have a world-class educational system for our kids."

Huberman would not tell the Sun-Times where he stands on the proposed gay high school.