Dr. Manford Byrd, Ret’d Superintendent Chicago Public Schools



Educator Manford Byrd, Jr. was born on May 29, 1928 in Brewton, Alabama. He studied mathematics at Iowa Central College and graduated in 1949. He then pursued graduate work, earning his M.A. from Atlanta University in 1954 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1978. Byrd began his career in education teaching in Quincy, Illinois from 1949-1954.

From 1954-1967, he worked for the Chicago Public School system as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary and high school principal and assistant to the General Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools. In 1968, he was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools. In this role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the school system. He was later appointed Deputy Superintendent for Instruction and Deputy Superintendent for Pupil Services and System-Wide Reorganization. In 1985, he was appointed General Superintendent of Schools, a position he would hold until he retired in 1990. Since retiring, Byrd works in private practice, as an educational consultant.

Byrd has sat on the boards of directors of the Chicago State University Foundation, Joint Negro Appeal, the Mid-America Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Chicago NAACP and the United Church Board for World Ministries. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Central College, Pella Iowa and the Adler Planetarium, Chicago.  All together, he is a member of over 70 professional organizations. Byrd has been the recipient of over 100 awards and commendations for excellence in teaching and academic administration, including honorary doctoral degrees from Central College, Hope College and the National College of Education.

Dr. Byrd and his wife, Cheribelle, have three sons.

  4 Responses to “Dr. Manford Byrd, Ret’d Superintendent Chicago Public Schools”

  1. Dear Dr. Manford Byrd

    I would like to meet with you on the behalf of NAACP. Cassandra Carey

  2. Dr. Manford Byrd,

    It was great to see you on September 15, 2019 for Englewood’s Class Reunion. It was a pleasure to meet your wife, as well.

    May God continue to bless you and your family!

    H. Patricia Blackshire
    Washington, DC

  3. You knew my father and mother. My mother just passed april 6 2020.
    Joshua Monroe and my mother is Roxie L Monroe.Hope to talk to you. The cell is 847 971 1161.
    Home 773 783 6479

  4. HI Manford , Willard Walker (RED) friend of Sarah and Evelyn, Quintella ‘s Husband. Hope all is well with you and your Family!! I am still in Lansing, MI. and doing ok!! Working (last job) with the City of Lansing on HRCS Department. Talk with Clarence Wood a bit and he keeps me informed on Chicago happenings. Thanks for all of your help and support, hopefully I have done something worthy to make you proud!! Take care of yourself.

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