Ron Anderson was enjoying retirement in 2011 after spending most of his professional career in college admissions at several schools, including the University of Chicago. Then he got a job pitch.
Come work as a college guidance counselor at Southland College Prep Charter High School, a start-up school with a predominantly African-American student body in a Chicago suburb.
Initially, Anderson thought about volunteering his services and expertise three hours a day, three days a week. But Southland wanted him full time with a much bigger commitment.
Hundreds of current and former Southland students are certainly thankful he took the job.
In fact, it's not a stretch to...