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 has established a reputation as a pragmatic change agent and effective team builder. She joined the College of Business at Concordia-Chicago as Dean in 2014. Since becoming dean, she has led a series of initiatives seeking to provide high-quality programs for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as professional development opportunities for lifelong learners. Among these initiatives are implementing a College-wide assessment program, adapting the MBA for a new and global society, launching an innovative doctorate in business administration, leading the College’s strategic planning process, establishing a diverse Business Advisory Committee, creating a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, increasing the global outreach of the College, as well as increasing international student presence in campus-based programs.
Dr. Santin’s extensive higher education experience encompasses serving as a university president, provost, and academic vice president. While president at Northcentral University (NCU), the School of Business received ACBSP accreditation. While at NCU, she led the development and HLC approval of the PhD, EdD, and Master’s programs in sports, higher education, organizational, and educational leadership, expanded global partnerships, and significantly increased enrollments. At Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Santin held a series of progressively demanding positions. She served as the director of marketing, an assistant dean of recruitment and enrollment, and an associate dean at the Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Santin led the corporate, domestic, and international recruitment effort, starting the first corporate MBA in Shanghai, PRC. After a national search, Dr. Santin was appointed dean of leadership studies at the Fischler College.
In these successive leadership roles, 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.
Her research, teaching, and consulting have focused on leadership, innovation in higher education, strategic positioning and visioning, mentoring, systems thinking, and developing human capital. Dr. Santin has served as a dissertation chair for two decades. She has extensive international academic program development experience, and has consulted for a variety of organizations including universities, not for profit organizations, and the federal government. She has served as an adjunct and dissertation chair for not-for-profit and for-profit universities, increasing her knowledge and experience with online delivery systems, and best practices in online learning.
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 certificates and post-master’s credits in online teaching and learning, corporate strategy, and marketing management. She serves as an associate editor for Management Education: An International Journal, and Change Management: An International Journal. She is 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 Global Center.
Dr. Santin has been a member of CUC’s faculty since 2008, and is a tenured professor of leadership. She was integral in the online development of the University graduate leadership program, and for designing new and innovative graduate programs. Prior to becoming Dean of the College of Business, she served as the 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.
Sr. Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Professor, Educational Leadership
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.
Associate 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.