Donald R. Pittman is an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University. He recently retired from Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where he was the chief officer of high school programs. In this capacity, Pittman was the instructional leader for six area instruction officers and was responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs for over one hundred high schools.
Prior to his appointment as chief officer, Pittman served as the instruction officer for CPS Area 23. Under his supervision, several Area 23 high schools increased their scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, the state assessment administered to all Illinois high school juniors. Other positions he has held at CPS include assistant principal of South Shore High School and principal of Marshall High School.
Pittman has received numerous awards, among them the Chicago Academy for School Leadership Outstanding Principal Award and the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year Award. He has also been inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Pittman is an active member of the boards of the Plano Vision Development Center and Black-on-Black Love.
He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Chicago State University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.