Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer (CINO)
Dean, College of Innovation and Professional Programs
Professor of Leadership
Dr. Thomas Jandris established Concordia-Chicago’s College of Business in 2008 and served as its founding dean. In 2006, he launched the university’s College of Graduate and Innovative Programs (GIP) and served as its dean until 2016. Under Jandris’ leadership, GIP grew to serve approximately 5,000 graduate students in 64 programs, among them programs that are now among the largest in the country. In 2016, Jandris was appointed to his current position, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, as well as dean of Concordia-Chicago’s newly founded College of Innovation and Professional Programs (CIPP). In these roles, Jandris is responsible for fostering an environment of innovation throughout the colleges and operating offices of the University and collaborating to bring innovative ideas to fruition. He is responsible for the leadership of all international initiatives, joint ventures, partnerships, instruction and design technology, government relations, and accelerated degree programs.
Dr. Jandris serves on the Board at the University of Minnesota, from which institution he earned his PhD in educational administration. In 2010, the University named the Thomas P. Jandris Center for Innovation in Higher Education in recognition for Jandris' ongoing support of its academic enterprise.
Several years ago, Dr. Jandris started Progress Education Corporation to offer staff development, school improvement planning, policy consulting and a line of proprietary technology–based learning management tools to schools, districts and states. Previously, he served as the president of EDmin, Inc., a company that develops technology solutions to empower performance management in public education.
Other private sector education experience include founding and managing Fox River Learning and serving as CEO of HOSTS Corporation. Prior to his service to EDmin, he served as the lead consultant to the governor of Michigan and the mayor’s office in Detroit during the reform takeover of the Detroit Public Schools. He was also asked by Governor Jeb Bush and Commissioner Gallagher in Florida to help draft the enabling legislation to implement a constitutional amendment to restructure the governance of Florida’s entire education system. Additional work is focused on designing and planning comprehensive performance management systems for urban school districts.
In his capacity as director of state services for the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Dr. Jandris and his team were the policy consultants and technical advisors to the nation’s governors, legislators and other education leaders. In his role as director, Dr. Jandris was the chief architect and leader of the Urban Coalition and Corporate Partners Programs at ECS. While with ECS, Dr. Jandris also directed the three-year national study of the Governance of America’s Schools.
Prior to his tenure at ECS, Dr. Jandris had extensive careers in both education and the private sector. He was a teacher, principal and director of secondary education at a large urban district. He founded and grew a highly successful human resources consulting company. He is a past U.S. Olympic Team member and syndicated columnist.
Dr. Jandris is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach at the graduate level. He is in demand as a speaker and consultant around the world on topics relating to “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education,” the topic that currently consumes most of his research and scholarship. His education includes a PhD from the University of Minnesota, an MEd from Wayne State and a BS in education from Eastern Illinois University.
Dean, College of Business
Dr. Claudia Santin, EdD, has, over the last 25 years, established a reputation as a pragmatic change agent and effective team builder.
Dr. Santin has served in the capacity of university president and provost/academic vice president at Northcentral University. Under her leadership, the NCU School of Business received ACBSP accreditation.
At Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Santin was associate dean of business at the Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and then dean of leadership studies at the Fischler Graduate School. In these series of progressively demanding positions, she blended the components of a superb higher education experience, especially in the field of online delivery systems, with the demands of both the domestic and international marketplace, consistently achieving the delicate balance of quality and profit.
At the MBA level, Dr. Santin has taught developing human capital, organizational leadership and change, leadership theory, systems thinking, and change management.
At the doctoral level, Dr. Santin serves as dissertation chair and teaches higher education and organizational leadership, governance, institutional advancement, driving change, marketing higher education, and managing financial resources for program prioritization.
Dr. Santin pursues ongoing professional development, as well as maintains a consistent schedule of conference presentation and publication. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and has earned numerous certificates and post-master’s credits in online teaching. She serves as an associate editor for Management Education: An International Journal and Change Management: An International Journal.
Dr. Santin also serves as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Virtual Leadership, the Journal of eLearning and Teaching, and the Journal of Online Higher Education. She is also vice president and executive director of the eLearning Institute.
Dr. Santin has been a member of CUC’s faculty since 2008 and previously served as assistant dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Professor, Educational Leadership
Dr. Robert Wilhite teaches classes focusing on the areas of instructional leadership, supervision, school improvement, school change processes, ethics and legal issues for school districts. Among his research interests are school improvement processes, leadership models and styles, literacy and reading, curriculum and instruction. Dr. Wilhite is currently the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and the past chair of the Department of Leadership. He has served on several faculty committees in the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. He has served as a member of many Doctoral Dissertation Committees, the Peer Review Committee, the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs Policy committee, the College of Education Policy Committee, and the CUC Strategic Planning Council. He currently is a member of the Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Board Peer Review Panels for principal and superintendent preparation programs.
Prior to serving Concordia University Chicago, Dr. Wilhite served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Governors State University, and St. Xavier University. He has served as an elementary, middle school, and high school principal at various schools throughout the Chicago area to include the Center for Science and Technology, District 215; Wood Oaks Junior High School, District 27; Wayne Thomas School, Highland Park, Ill. and Greenwood School in Waukegan, Ill. He served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and the Superintendent of Schools in Township High School District 215. He has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2007.
Associate Dean, College of of Graduate Studies
Dr. Trybus teaches graduate courses focusing on the areas of education and leadership such as school evaluation and change, research based decision making, organizational change, curriculum construction and instructional leadership. She is a research expert in the areas of administrative internship programs, organizational development and change and high school restructuring.
Previously, Dr. Trybus, worked as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She also wrote several Illinois Arts Council grants for K-12 schools in Illinois, which brought dance, theater, music and visual arts programs to various communities. She also served as a grant reader for many other organizations. Dr. Trybus has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.
Assistant Dean, College of Innovation and Professional Programs
Dr. Reiseck teaches graduate level courses, including Adult Learning Theory, Professional Development and Organizational Learning Theory, and is chair of the Division of Innovation and Outreach. She is an expert on adult learning and organization theory. Before joining Concordia’s faculty, she served at the University of Illinois, North Central College and Waubonsee Community College. Dr. Reiseck has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2004.