MADISON – Responding to the announcement that Jennifer Cheatham has been offered the job as the next superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, had this to say:
“Dr. Cheatham – or Jen as she prefers – is the right choice at the right time for one of the toughest, yet most important jobs, in our community. The business community congratulates her and the school board. We look forward to a successful partnership.
Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and workers need real-world exposure today. Many of Jen’s remarks – as well as her experience – demonstrate that educational success goes beyond test scores and technology. There is clear opportunity to further the partnership between the schools and the private sector. Opportunities like the Youth Apprenticeship Program which partners academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training for employability skills.
The Greater Madison area is in a time of great change. Key roles such as the superintendent of MMSD are being filled with new leaders ready to take this region to the next level by believing our challenges are solvable, ensuring complacency is unacceptable and being energized to imagine and aggressively pursue this area’s full potential. We believe Jen is this type of leader.”
About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,400 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 6,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, Madison businesses vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at www.greatermadisonchamber.com.