President’s Cabinet Welcomes New Vice Presidents
President Horowitz welcomed three new vice presidents to his cabinet during the spring semester to oversee the areas of finance, information technology, and advancement.
Cynthia Fronczak, CPA, Vice President of Finance
On May 18, Cynthia Fronczak joined The Chicago School as its new vice president of finance. She brings to the post more than 20 years of leadership and financial experience, most recently as the director of accounting operations at Hewitt Associates. Previous positions include chief financial officer and vice president of finance and information technology at Heartland Alliance and chief financial officer and vice president at Bank One Corporation.
In her new role, Vice President Fronczak will be responsible for the overall performance and operations of the school’s finance department, which includes the accounting, financial aid, and student accounts departments. Within TCS’ multi-campus structure, she will assist with establishing policies, procedures, and controls for business and facilities operations. Vice President Fronczak also will be a key contributor to the goals and objectives for the finance department in accordance with the strategic plan of the school.
Terry Merkley, M.B.A., Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Vice President Merkley joined the school in April after 15 years of service as vice president of IT for Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society in Chicago. His higher education experience includes managing IT and faculty research computing for the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School of Business), the same institution where he earned an M.B.A. degree. His areas of expertise include budgeting and expenditure tracking, project management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and contract management.
“The Chicago School is fortunate to have someone of Terry’s talents overseeing our technology initiatives, especially now as we become more of a national education system,” said Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO Jeff Keith. “He leads a team of hard-working IT professionals who are committed to further connecting the Chicago School’s campuses together while providing proficient service to our academic community.”
Timothy T. Shannon, Ph.D., Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Also in April, TCS welcomed Timothy T. Shannon, Ph.D., to the post of vice president of institutional advancement. Dr. Shannon brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit education to TCS. In addition to alumni and government relations, he will oversee all philanthropic outreach, including foundations and corporations, for the world’s leading nonprofit graduate psychology school.
Vice President Shannon’s previous posts include vice president for development and alumni relations at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and president of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He also has extensive trustee credentials, having served on boards at Xavier University, Regis University, and a host of other nonprofits.
“I was drawn to The Chicago School because it’s such a remarkable story in higher education,” said Shannon. “The work our students and faculty are doing in the field to broaden the profession and help individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods is extraordinary. I look forward to working with President Horowitz and the entire academic community in telling The Chicago School story to even more individuals, foundations, and agencies that share our commitment of making a difference.”