Champaign Unit 4 School District announces Chief Communications Officer

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 6:24pm

Congratulations to John Lyday, who was selected as the Chief Communications Officer. Mr. Lyday joins the district with 40 years of public relations experience, 20 of those years spent in education.

Mr. Lyday began his career as the Public Information Specialist at High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, where he served as the media contact. Five years later he stepped up to the Director of School/Community Relations in the U-46 School District in Elgin, Illinois.  During his 13 year career at Elgin, one of the largest public school districts in Illinois, Mr. Lyday directed internal and external communications, media relations and provided counsel to the Superintendent and Board of Education. In the years that followed,

Mr. Lyday worked as the Director of Group Communication for The Tribune Company in Chicago, Communication Manager for Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois, and Associate Executive Director for the Illinois Association of School Boards. Most recently he was the Public Relations and Media Advisor for Morton Community Bank in Morton, Illinois before launching Lyday Communications, a consulting, training, and speaking service for corporate, education, government, and non-profit businesses.

Mr. Lyday attended Northwestern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1976.  He has also completed Master’s level coursework at Illinois State University.