Project Team

Project Sponsors

 

Scott Campbell

University Registrar and Associate Dean in the College

Scott serves as the University Registrar and Associate Dean of Institutional Research for the College.  He partners with the faculty and the academic units to support the delivery of educational programs, as well as with students in with their educational endeavors.  This includes areas of course descriptions and time schedules; final exams and grading; classroom assignments and renovation; certification and enrollment; institutional analysis and decision making; data stewardship; and convocation.  He also serves as the chief functional/business leader with our academic information systems and data warehouse initiatives in order to better support the faculty, students, and staff.    

Scott works collaboratively with the Provost, Deans and Deans of Students; Enrollment and Student Advancement; IT Services; the President's Office, and his home unit of Campus and Student Life to enforce academic policy and implement effective uses of business processes through the use of technology.  He serves as a Project Sponsor for the Academic Information System implementation, and co-chair of the AIS Oversight Committee. He represents the University on the Oracle Research and Education Industry Strategy Council.  

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Scott was at Georgetown University for fifteen years serving in many positions including Senior Associate University Registrar and Senior Project Lead for the Student Information System implementation.  He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Louisiana State University, an MA in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a certificate in Global Advanced Management from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

                     

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Amanda Fijal

Senior Executive Director, University Financial Aid & ESA Technologies

Amanda leads the University of Chicago’s Financial Aid Compliance office, College Aid office and Enrollment and Student Advancement (ESA) technology team.  Amanda works with the University’s four financial aid offices and multiple university constituencies to ensure students have a satisfying experience dealing with technology during the admission and financial aid processes and that the University remains compliant with ever-changing financial aid regulations.

With a primary background in financial aid, Amanda provides strategic leadership in best practices for utilization of existing and emerging financial aid technology, reporting, and development of comprehensive aid policies and processes.  Having assumed leadership of the College Aid office, Amanda also works to further develop the financial aid programs available to students enrolled in The College. Within ESA, Amanda guides the team that supports both College and Graduate admissions systems and assists Career Advancement with identifying best resources to meet their technology requirements. 

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Amanda was the Associate Director of Client Services at Loyola University Chicago.  Charged with converting the office to a newer imaging platform and completing a major upgrade to the financial aid system, Amanda worked to streamline outdated workflows and simplify requirements for staff and students.  She also served as the primary staff trainer and admission liaison, and coordinated all student communications about the financial aid process.  Before working as the Associate Director at Loyola, Amanda served as the Associate Director of Student Financial Services at Saint Xavier University and began her career as an Assistant Director of Student Financial Assistance at Loyola.

She holds a BS in Psychology and MEd in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

 

Kathie Koch

Executive Director of Administrative Services, IT Services

Kathie is the Executive Director of Administrative Services. 

In her role as Executive Director of Administrative Services, Kathie oversees all of the internal administrative functions for IT Services including Finance, HR, Project and Service Portfolio Management, Strategic Planning, Internal Operations and Logistics as well as Auxiliary functions. She also works with her administrative counterparts across campus to collaboratively share information and establish priorities for IT Services.

Prior to joining the University, Kathie worked at Aon Corporation for 9 years, serving as Vice President, Business Solutions Delivery at Aon Hewitt for the last 3 years. In this role, she was responsible for supporting the Aon Hewitt Consulting Business Technology team which included 9 Business Portfolios.  Prior to this role, Kathie was the Director North America - Project Management in the Infrastructure Technology Services and Solutions department at Aon Corporation. Before joining Aon, Kathie held a number of management, project leadership, and technical roles at Blackwell Consulting Services.

 
     

Project Management Office

 

Lynn Barnett

Director

Lynn took on the role of Director of the Academic Information System (AIS) Project Management Office in July 2014 after working in the University's Web Services group since 2003. In this role, she leads the AIS implementation project, working closely with the University Registrar, Executive Director for Financial Aid, and other stakeholders across campus. She is responsible for staffing and managing the AIS PMO, and she will be working with the external integration partner closely throughout the project to monitor resources, timeline, scope, and budget throughout the implementation. 

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a BA in Biological Sciences, Lynn began her professional career as a Research Associate in molecular evolution at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After switching career tracks, Lynn also recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in Visual Communication. Through her work in ITS Web Services, Lynn gained experience in interaction design and project management, became manager for front-end development, and was the Assistant Director before moving to the AIS project.

 

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Heather Harty

Senior Project Manager

Heather Harty is the UChicago senior project manager for the Academic Information System project. She joined the team with 25 years of experience in higher education student system implementation, both as a consultant and as a full-time employee.

At UChicago, Heather manages the project team, works with project leadership, and coordinates consultants to keep the project organized, on task and moving toward a successful implementation. She earned a BA in History from Southern Methodist University, and an MA in Communication Systems from Northwestern.

 

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Christina Riley

Technical Lead and Manager of Academic Systems

Chris Riley is the Manager of Academic Systems with Information Technology Services.  She is responsible for providing leadership and coordination for operations and projects on behalf of administrative applications, and for leading the Academic Systems Team in supporting core administrative applications and delivering new features and system enhancements. 

Chris joined The University of Chicago with 25 years of experience in publishing, government contracting, computer based testing and training, telecommunications, and consulting.  Most recently, she has managed multiple aspects of major ERP implementations in Higher Education. She earned a BA in English and History from The University of Illinois at Chicago, an MBA from Webster University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

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Bob Cottier

Change Manager

Bob Cottier heads change management for UChicago’s Academic Information System project. He oversees communications for and training of individuals who will use the new system, ensuring that members of the community are aware of the change and have been prepared to function comfortably and efficiently within AIS.

Bob joins the project with extensive experience in organizational change management, particularly for IT transitions. Over the course of his career, he has developed plans for mergers and acquisitions, implemented large-scale communications efforts, and organized training programs for major corporations.

Bob recently served as a consultant for NTT Data, a Japanese system integration company on contract with State Farm Insurance. He also has worked for Nestle USA, and Pepsico/Tropicana. Bob’s work has spanned the United States, including markets within Seattle, South Florida, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Indiana, and Chicago.

 

IT Services (ITS)

ITS representatives provide technical support for the project under the direction of the PMO.

 
     

Office of the University Registrar

 

Zachary Swartz

Director of Systems and Technology

Zachary is the Director of Systems and Technology in the Office of the University Registrar.  In this role he is responsible for advancing and achieving the Office of the Registrar’s vision for exemplary academic, administrative, and student system services. 

Zachary joined the University of Chicago in July 2014 to aid the University’s Academic Information System implementation, during which he will act as the Cross-Functional Lead, collaborating the work done across the University Registrar, Bursar and Financial Aid communities as well as the academic units. He will also serve as the Student Records functional lead.    Zachary began his career in higher education as an undergraduate academic advisor at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business in Boulder.   During seven years in the Office of the Registrar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he served in several roles including Assistant Registrar for Records and Registration and Associate Registrar for Information Systems.   He worked as Kansas State University’s Associate Registrar for Student Systems prior to his relocation to Chicago.   Zachary graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and later earned an M.A.L.S. in Literature and Society from Georgetown University.   

 

Andy Hannah

Senior Associate Registrar

Andy Hannah brings over three decades of experience with Registrar services and systems at the University of Chicago to the Academic Information System (AIS) Project.    Besides responsibilities for the migration and configuration of legacy systems data, he will be focusing his attention on areas that have been established as primary for the vision of the project, Graduate Education & Graduate Student Success, and Research & Reporting.  

A graduate of Michigan State University, Andy came to the Registrar’s Office as its Associate Registrar in 1981.  During his tenure, he has introduced internal registrar systems to the internet, connecting them to email, to the world-wide-web, and registration via self-service. Over the last fifteen years, as Senior Associate Registrar, he migrated enrollment and degree reporting to the National Student Clearinghouse, and was integral in developing the secure transcript models that are now in use at many of UChicago's peer institutions.   As functional lead of “Gargoyle”, he has been responsible for configuring University academic programs, data standards, and procedures into that legacy system,  a system he now gladly looks forward to replacing with a best-of-breed, fully-supported product that is in wide-use by peer institutions. Besides bringing subject matter expertise to the AIS, Andy will be very involved in developing the project’s reporting modules.  Having performed most enrollment reporting for the Registrar’s Office while employed here, Andy has guided the development of Business Objects tools, most recently the Student Data Warehouse, that now provide reporting to a broad spectrum of University administrators. 

 

Mike Kegler

Manager of Registrar Systems

Mike moved to the Office of the University Registrar in June of 2014 to begin work on the AIS project after more than three years with the Office of International Affairs as SEVIS and Technology Manager and later as Assistant Director for Systems and Technology.  He is the Portal and Campus Community functional lead for the AIS project; he is also responsible for business systems analysis and the project's web presence.

Prior to joining The University of Chicago, Mike was an administrator and instructor at several ESL schools, both in the US and abroad. Mike earned his MS in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University, his BA in History and German from The University of Michigan, and a certificate in Project Management Strategy from The University of Chicago. 

 
     

Financial Aid

 

Monica Kramer

Director of Business Process Improvements

Monica serves as the Financial Aid Lead on the AIS project implementation team. In this role, she ensures that financial aid is successfully implemented in the new AIS and works closely with other implementation team members to provide support in areas of overlapping functionality.  

Monica joined the University in January, 2004 as part of the network of campus financial aid administrators.  During her time with the University she has served as Associate Director of College Aid (2004), Operations Manager for University Financial Aid (2011), and Director of Business Process Improvements for University Financial Aid (2014).  In all positions her main focus has been federal regulations and financial aid; though while in the University Aid Office it shifted to take on a campus-wide approach to become more operationally efficient as well.  She also was responsible for the implementation of the University’s Net Price Calculator (NPC) and was the functional lead in the design of the University’s student financial aid portal. 

Monica received a BA and MA in Economics from DePaul University and a Certificate of Project Management from the University of Chicago.  She started her career in higher education in 1997 as an economics faculty member and academic advisor at Front Range Community College in Ft Collins, CO. After moving home to Chicago, she spent three years in the financial aid office at DeVry University before coming to the University of Chicago. 

 

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Tad Verdun

Financial Aid Technology Manager

With 20 years of experience in higher education financial aid, Tad  has worked extensively with the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions platform chosen by UChicago for its Academic Information System. He joined the AIS team in June 2015, after working as Associate Director of Financial Aid in the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Tad began his career at Illinois State University, where as an undergraduate and then graduate student he worked in the university’s financial aid office. After completing his degrees, Tad accepted a fulltime job at Loyola University Chicago, serving as Assistant Director of Client Services in financial aid until 2005, and then Associate Director for Compliance in that office for eight years.

Tad left Loyola to join Pritzker’s financial aid office in 2013. He began his contributions to the AIS team as a member of the Business Advisory Committee, which helps direct the development of AIS. He then was named the Financial Aid Technology Manager on the team.

 
     

Office of the Bursar

 

Jennifer Waters

CSL Director of Financial Operations

Jennifer Waters joined the University of Chicago as Director of Financial Operations for Campus and Student Life (CSL) in October of 2014.  In her role, she oversees the Office of the Bursar and Student Loan Administration, and provides central support to overall CSL finance-related initiatives and projects.  She also serves as a Project Advisor to the Academic Information System Implementation (AIS) and specifically provides leadership and direction for the implementation of student financials.  Jennifer brings  20 years of direct system and financial management experience in higher education.  Most recently she held the positions of Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services at Columbia College Chicago and Registrar and Director of Student Services at Illinois Institute of Technology.  During her tenure at both institutions she led major technological implementation projects and provided support to diverse academic initiatives through the redesign and realignment of faculty and student-centered business policies and procedures.  Jennifer holds a doctorate in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, a masters of adult education from National-Louis University and a bachelor of arts in psychology and communications from Dominican University.

 

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Diane Fultz

Assistant Bursar, Student Finance Accounting Manager

Diane Fultz joined the University of Chicago as Collection Manager for the Office of the Bursar, Campus and Student Life (CSL) in May of 1987. In that role, she was primarily responsible for managing student account relations as well as providing support to faculty, deans and schools.  In 2007, Diane was promoted to Student Finance Accounting Manager where she oversees student account relations, student financials system management, and University e-commerce and cashiering. Diane is the Student Financials lead for the project. She brings extensive knowledge of the University of Chicago tuition, fee, and student account interface used to build faculty and student-centered policies and procedures.  Diane holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and management from Purdue University-Calumet.

 

Admissions Integration

 

Colin Johnson

Associate Director and Web Content Specialist

Colin joined UChicago’s Office of College Admissions  as a Part-Time Counselor during her graduate school years. She never left. She is now Associate Director and Web Content Specialist in the Office of Enrollment & Student Advancement, and has touched everything from admissions system implementation to multicultural student outreach. Currently she wears three hats: college admissions counselor, graduate student recruiter and web developer. She served as the Admissions Integration lead for the project, which was completed in Feb. 2016.

 
     

College, School, and Divisional Representatives

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Colbey Harris

 

    Maureen Okonski

 

Miranda Swanson

 

Associate Dean of Students,

The College

  Pritzker School of Medicine Registrar

 

Dean of Students, Physical Sciences Division