Here's what others say about John Lyday as a communicator and strategist:
“John served as the Chief Communications Officer in our district as we were completing our new Strategic Plan, redeveloping the Website and monitoring over $250 million in Capital Projects work. His expertise and knowledge allowed us to ensure district stakeholders were engaged and a part of the work. John understands the role of strong communication to ensure the community stays informed with timely accurate information.”
Susan Zola, Ed.D, retired Superintendent of Champaign Unit 4 School District
“John has been a leader and innovative thinker in communications for decades. We worked together at Tribune Company for several years. Being a communications professional at a large public media company is a very challenging role indeed, and John excelled.”
Alan Aldworth, Managing Director | Board of Directors, Private Directors Association; Managing Director, Alexander West Capital, LLC; Former COO of Tribune Education.
"John was a great asset to School District U-46 which is the second largest school district in the state of Illinois. As a new superintendent in1993 coming from the superintendency of Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, I was delighted to find John in the role of Director of School and Community Relations. John is extremely talented in the field of Public Relations. He was a trusted advisor on a daily basis and was instrumental in assisting the school district and me personally through many communication challenges. Many years have passed since our work together, however, I have great memories of his valuable contributions. I would recommend John to any organization that might be seeking a talented professional in the field of community and public relations at any level."
Marvin Edwards, Ed.D, retired Superintendent of School District U46 headquartered in Elgin, Illinois
“John helped us to identify our target audience and focus our message for an upcoming transportation referendum. We found that his experience and insight were valuable additions to our decision making process.”
Martin G. Buehler, P.E., retired Director of Transportation/County Engineer, Lake County (IL) Division of Transportation
“John thinks outside the box, particularly on electronic communications. He led the creation of IASB’s first staff intranet. The intranet enhanced internal communications and information sharing with common pages for all employees and targeted pages for each department. He also led creation of a ‘Members Only’ website for the association’s 8,000 School Board members, Superintendents and business officials throughout the state. The login-based site used a custom-designed content management system to push targeted content to individual members based on the membership fields in IASB’s mainframe database.”
Michael D. Johnson, Executive Director Emeritus, Illinois Association of School Boards