Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs and Olive-Harvey College President Kimberly Hollingsworth pose for a photo while holding an award.

On Monday, February 5, 2024, in honor of Black History Month, Olive-Harvey College President Kimberly Hollingsworth, EdD, received the 2024 Outstanding Commitment in Education Award from Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs.

President Hollingsworth was presented with the award at a celebration to commemorate Black History Month and honor leaders in the African American community who are making an impact in Chicago. She was one of just eight city leaders who received awards, including Mellody Hobson of Ariel Investments, Valerie Jarrett of the Obama Foundation, former basketball player Kendall Gill, and more.

“These leaders are investing in companies, making a difference in the lives of our youth, and fighting for a more equitable Illinois. We celebrate their dedication to making our communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Treasurer Frerichs in a press release.

President Hollingsworth’s commitment to City Colleges students spans 25 years, during which she has worked in various capacities at four of the seven colleges. Her leadership style and unwavering support of students stems from her vast knowledge of the education system, as well as her own lived experiences.

“I’m committed to advancing educational outcomes in this city because I’ve seen what City Colleges can do for students—I’ve seen how our programs and pathways can change lives,” said President Hollingsworth. “I’m honored to be recognized by Treasurer Frerichs for those efforts, just as I’m honored to serve the students of Olive-Harvey College every day.”

To learn more about the award, click here.