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Tyler Hough Selected as Executive Director

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Effective immediately, the Chicago Center Board of Directors has named Tyler Hough the next executive director of the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture. Bringing nearly a decade of experience in higher education and nonprofit management, Tyler has served as interim executive director since February 2021.

"With his experience in higher education, organizational strategy, and leadership, I believe Tyler is the right person to enable the Center to seize the opportunities before it and build upon our 50-year history of developing socially-minded global citizens," said Board Chair Zach Lowe. "On a more personal note, I’ve come to know Tyler in the past few years and know him to be a thoughtful and highly personable leader. With the full support of the board of directors, we look forward to continuing to work with Tyler as he begins his permanent appointment."

Tyler has spent the past 10 years working in undergraduate admissions, higher education and nonprofit communications and development, and academic program development, including at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. After moving to Chicago, Tyler received his bachelor's degree in political science from Loyola University Chicago, studied finance and project management at the University of Chicago, and his master's degree in higher education administration from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.

"I'm honored by this opportunity to lead the Chicago Center and build on its 50 years of bringing the rich experiences of our city to talented students throughout the country," said Tyler. "The circumstances of the past 18 months place this organization in a unique position to deepen our commitment to Chicago and experiential learning."

If you would like to connect with Tyler, please reach out to him via email at

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