Elizabeth Purvis
Elizabeth Purvis

Adjunct Lecturer of Public-Private Interface

Print Overview

Dr. Elizabeth Purvis, Ed.D., CEO of Chicago International Charter School, came to CICS in March 2003 with more than 15 years experience working with children with disabilities and their families. After completing her doctoral degree in 1997, Dr. Purvis was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago where her work focused on research and personnel preparation in urban education.

Under the leadership of Dr. Purvis, Chicago International has added nine campuses and more than 6,000 students. In addition, the organization successfully designed and implemented a performance evaluation system that resulted in significantly improved student outcomes and continued financial efficiency. As of the 2012-2013 school year, students at a Chicago International campus open for three or more years are performing at or above the level of their more privileged peers. Chicago International high school campuses are among the top performing in the city in terms of student gains, graduation rate, and college placement.

Dr. Purvis currently serves on the boards of the Illinois Network of Charter School and the Illinois State Advisory Council to the Illinois State Board of Education. Previously she served on Charter Review and Evaluation committees for Chicago Public Schools; was President of the Illinois Division of Early Childhood, 2003-2004; and was an Executive Board Member of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Purvis has served on the editorial review board of two peer-reviewed professional journals, has published and presented numerous papers, and been awarded various grants in her field. She recently completed the prestigious Broad Superintendents Academy.

Dr. Purvis earned her B.S. in educational research from Bucknell University, her M.A. in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her EdD in special education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Print Vita
Print Research

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
The Education Industry (KPPI-454-A)

This course counts toward the following majors: Social Enterprise.

Formerly SEEK-454-A

The education sector is a critical component of our society, and significant energy has been directed at education reform in recent years. This is a course about the economic, social, historical and technological forces that shape the education sector. One goal of the course is to understand the implications for new value creation emerging from the confluence of these forces. Consequently, this course will be particularly helpful to students with interest in educational entrepreneurship. A second goal is to provide an introduction to the key issues facing the sector for students interested in engaging with education reform in a variety of ways — from volunteering in the field to running for an elected board membership of a school district.