Columbia College Chicago Names New CFO


Former City Colleges of Chicago CFO Brings Experience, Enthusiasm to Office

CHICAGO (May 19, 2012) – Columbia College Chicago has announced the selection of Kenneth C. Gotsch as the new Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer. He will begin working on campus on May 22.

Gotsch has served as CFO and Vice Chancellor of Finance for the City Colleges of Chicago since 2005, responsible for directing the District’s overall operating budget. Gotsch replaces Mike DeSalle, who left the position in late 2010.

“We are pleased to have found an experienced professional who will excel at leading Columbia’s financial operations,” said Warrick L. Carter, president of Columbia College Chicago. “Ken’s previous work experience and history with the city means he understands the unique Chicago educational landscape and will use that knowledge to ensure Columbia College continues to move forward.”

Gotsch served as CFO of the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as Chicago Public Schools before taking the City Colleges post in 2005. He also has held previous positions with the Chicago Department of Revenue, Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission and Price Waterhouse.

Gotsch earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Public Finance from the University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.

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