As Chief of School and Student Success, Mike Bower oversees school and operator performance aligned with the CICS Vision of Excellence. Additionally, Mike is the key liaison with the authorizer (Chicago Public Schools) and manages all local, state and federal compliance requirements to ensure CICS remains in good standing with the District and State. During Mike's tenure at CICS, he has serves as the Chief of Staff, Chief of Data and Strategy, and the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Mike has led many initiatives that have resulted in positive results for CICS to include increases in enrollment, extended renewal term for the CICS Charter, and the development of the new CICS strategic plan. Prior to joining CICS, Mike served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sears Holdings Inc. Mike received a B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Education Leadership from the Broad Foundation. In his spare time, you can find Mike playing any sport that is accessible given the season...and beating people in dance-offs.