Patrick Sheahan Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Columbia College Chicago

Non-profit and business leader to enhance advancement efforts and strengthen alumni participation, annual fund growth and capital campaign strategies 

CHICAGO (Sept. 25, 2013)—Civic and business leader Patrick Sheahan, Ph.D., former head of community affairs and corporate social responsibility at UBS Americas, has been named vice president of Institutional Advancement at Columbia College Chicago.

In his new role, Sheahan is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive advancement strategy for strengthening annual fund growth, alumni participation and capital campaign strategies. Additionally, he will serve as strategic partner to the president in the areas of Board development, external relations, civic engagement and institutional messaging.

“My conversations with Patrick have made it clear that he is powerfully drawn to the mission and values of our institution. He also has a proven ability to engage diverse teams in working for the greater good,” said Columbia College President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A., in making the announcement.

Sheahan is a long-time integral player in Chicago’s corporate, political and civic scenes, having sat on numerous boards and committees. He led a $20 million capital campaign for the Center on Halsted and was part of Chicago 2016 Olympics bid. He has taught nonprofit management at Northwestern University, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and Loyola University.

Prior to joining UBS in 2002, Sheahan was director of public affairs for Chicago-based Sara Lee Corp. and was a research associate focused on higher education research and grants at The Spencer Foundation in Chicago.

Sheahan has a longstanding commitment to civic involvement. Sheahan is chairman of Woods Fund of Chicago and serves or has served on the boards of the Center on Halsted, the country’s most comprehensive gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender center; Goodman Theatre; Harris Theater for Music and Dance; Civic Federation of Chicago as well as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Chicago Community Trust LGBT Fund and the Contributions Council of The Conference Board.

Sheahan received his doctorate in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a master’s degree in policy studies from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Asbury College.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit


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