Carlos M. Azcoitia, Ed.D


Distinguished Professor of Practice
Educational Leadership Program
Leadership and Specialized Roles

Programs/Classes Taught:

Master of Education in Administration and Supervision

EDL 520 Leading Diverse Schools
EDL 521 Building School Community Partnerships
EDL 522 Leading Student-Centered Schools
EDL 598 Internships in Administration and Supervision

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

EDL 604 Administrative Issues for Pluralistic Schools
EDL 608 Community Engagement
EDL 698 Internships for the Superintendency
EDL 699 Doctoral Dissertations

Areas of Expertise:

Community School Leadership, The Principalship, Multicultural Education, School, Family and Community Engagement, Service Learning.


Carlos Azcoitia is the Founding Principal of a new “Comprehensive Community School” concept on Chicago’s Little Village Neighborhood. He left central office to become Principal again at John Spry Community School and Community Links High School. The school was the first in Chicago to include a pre-kindergarten through high school program in one building with the goal of 100% high school completion rate and 100% post-secondary graduation. Students complete high school in three years including summers and Saturdays with a longer school day. All high school students who qualify are required to participate in internships and college bridge programs for dual credit. As a community school, it offers extended learning opportunities and leadership development for students, teachers, parents and community members.

Dr. Azcoitia served as the Deputy Chief of Education in the Chicago Public Schools.  In this role, he was administratively responsible for a large number of wide-ranging departments, programs and services.  He has been a teacher, administrator, and has served as principal in the Chicago Public Schools. He has a long history of being in the forefront of educational reform. He is a well known, respected and knowledgeable educator.  Dr. Azcoitia received his Doctorate in  Leadership and Educational Policy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He has also served as an adjunct professor in several universities. Currently, Dr, Azcoitia serves as Distinguished Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at National Louis University. He  also provided leadership to thirty five schools and 33,000 students as Interim Chief of Midway Network in Chicago during  the 2011- 2012 school year. He has been a mentor, coach and assessor for new and aspiring Principals. Dr. Azcoitia has assisted other districts with their school and community action plans. He has also been keynote speaker and presenter in several countries including United States, Thailand, Poland, Ecuador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Portugal, India and Spain.

Dr. Azcoitia is an involved, committed and participating member of the community.  He actively contributes his time and expertise to several boards, assisting them in a meaningful, hands-on capacity. He was appointed by the Mayor to serve for 2.5 years on the Chicago Board of Education and is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Azcoitia is a Steering Committee Member of the Coalition of Community Schools in Washington DC and a former Trustee of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.  He is also a Board Member of the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Miami, a Family Retreat Center founded by his uncle who was a Jesuit priest and Member of the Board of Directors at ChiArts. Dr. Azcoitia is the author of many published articles about school reform. Topics include community schools, innovation, dropout prevention, peer tutoring, service learning, immigration/social justice and post-secondary education. His latest book is titled “Creating Engagement Between Schools and their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders”. Dr. Azcoitia has also been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding leadership. His latest recognition is a street named in his honor in the school community which he served as Principal in the City of Chicago.


Doctor of Education
Leadership and Educational Policy
Educational Administration
Northern Illinois University

Master of Education
National College of Education
National Louis University

Bachelor of Arts
Social Sciences
University of Puerto Rico

Research and Interests:

Community Schools, Educational Leadership, The Principalship, English Language Learners, Partnerships, School and Family Engagement, Bilingualism and Multicultural Education, Education to Careers.

Other Interests
Racketball, Tennis, World and Classical Music, Art, Theater, Movies,Travel

Contact Information:

Carlos M. Azcoitia
North Shore Campus
5202 Old Orchard Road, Office 422
Skokie, Illinois 60077-4409
P 224 233 2252
F 224 233 2252


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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