Education Week

Join Newsradio the week of May 14th for Education Week sponsored by Saint Xavier University & Huntington Learning Center on the WBBM Noon Business Hour!

May 09, 2018 - 4:31 pm


Marc Wojno, Senior Associated Editor
Best Values in Public & Private

Marc Wojno is the research director for data-intensive projects such as Kiplinger's college and mutual fund rankings. As chief of reporters, he manages the team responsible for fact-checking and writing stories for Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. Previously, Wojno covered convertible bonds, REITs and mutual funds as a newswire reporter and newsletter editor for Dow Jones and served as market research manager for Keane Federal Systems. A 10-year member of the National Press Club, he currently serves as membership secretary. Wojno received a B.A. in communications and computer science and an MBA from George Washington University.


Timothy Killeen, President
Big College Experience

Timothy L. Killeen took office as the 20th president of the University of Illinois on May 18, 2015, bringing more than three decades of experience as an educator, researcher, and administrator in public higher education and in leadership positions with national scientific research agencies.

In the first months of his presidency, Killeen led the development of an ambitious new Strategic Framework to guide the U of I System and its universities in Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign. The roadmap sets high-aspiration goals to make the U of I a model for higher education in the 21st century, and build on its rich legacy of service to students, innovation, and economic growth.

Enrollment has since grown to a record 83,000-plus students across the System and its faculty have been chosen to lead important research projects from healthcare to cybersecurity, adding to nearly $1 billion in annual research funding. Killeen also has launched new innovation initiatives to promote economic prosperity in Illinois and beyond, including a council that brings together CEOs of top companies in the state to explore new partnerships.

Under his leadership, the U of I System also has proposed a groundbreaking new partnership with the state of Illinois to support its efforts to transform the lives of students and drive economic growth. The proposal would restore predictable funding in exchange for tangible contributions that serve students and the state, such as holding down tuition and maintaining high student retention and graduation rates.

Before joining the U of I System, Killeen served as vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY), one of the nation's largest higher education systems. In his dual role, he was at the center of SUNY's strategy for research growth.

Earlier, he served as assistant director for the geosciences at the National Science Foundation, as the Lyall Research Professor at the University of Colorado, as director and senior scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and spent more than 20 years as a faculty member and researcher at the University of Michigan, where he also served as associate vice president for research.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007, and is a member and past president of the American Geophysical Union; a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, along with more than 300 other publications and papers.

A leading researcher in geophysics and space sciences, Killeen received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. at University College London, where he earned his doctoral degree in atomic and molecular physics at the age of 23.

Killeen's wife, Roberta M. Johnson, holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and other publications in the areas of isotope geochemistry and upper atmospheric research, as well as on educational programs.

She began her career as a research physicist at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., before moving on to continue her research at the University of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory. While there, she initiated the Windows to the Universe project, which she continued to direct until 2016. She also served as director of education and outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, as a scientist at the High Altitude Observatory, and as executive director of the National Earth Science Teachers Association. Most recently, she served for three years as a clinical professor at the State University of New York at Albany in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. She is a fellow of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and received the American Geophysical Union's Athelstan Spilhaus Award in 2016 for her work to bring the excitement and beauty of the geosciences to the public.

The Killeens have three children.


Stephen D. Schutt, President

Under his leadership enrollment has increased by more than 300 students; applications have more than doubled; the College has completed two development campaigns, including a Sesquicentennial Campaign that surpassed its $100 million goal a year early in 2011; and the College has invested $100 million in campus facility improvements. Faculty have developed nearly a dozen new majors or minors during President Schutt's tenure, as well as a series of innovative joint, accelerated degree programs with prestigious graduate and professional schools. The College has also developed three key on-campus centers, including a Center for Chicago Programs that helps students and faculty take advantage of the Windy City's educational resources; the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth; and an Ethics Center. Several new off-campus programs have also been established under President Schutt around the world and in the Chicago Loop.

Before coming to Lake Forest, President Schutt served for six years as Vice President and Chief of Staff at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a principal author and coordinator of the University's strategic plan; supervisor of budget, planning, communications and other administrative operations; co-director of Penn's West Philadelphia revitalization program; and the President's chief advisor.

Mr. Schutt previously served as Chief of Staff to United States Senator Harris Wofford, and as Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Educated at Earlham College (B.A.), the University of London (M.A. in English Literature), and the University of Pennsylvania (J.D.), he began his career as a journalist, and subsequently practiced law with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, a national law firm headquartered in Philadelphia.

Mr. Schutt serves on the board of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and has served as chair of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, as an Earlham College trustee, and as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education.

Mr. Schutt and his family live in Lake Forest, Illinois.


12:19pm, St. Xavier University
Sue Swisher, Executive Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid

Sue Swisher has been in the financial aid industry for over 30 years and has served as Executive Director of Financial Aid at Saint Xavier University for 23 years. Throughout her professional career she has been active at the state, regional and national level. She is a Past President of the Illinois Association of Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) and served on the Executive Board and as a Committee chair in various positions. She is a recipient of ILASFAA's Meritorious Service, President's and Sustained Service Awards. On the regional level, she is the current President of MASFAA and has served on the Midwest Association of Financial Aid Administrator's (MASFAA) Executive Council as a state representative and Treasurer and is a recipient of MASFAA's Leadership Award. On the national level, she serves as a regional representative on the National Association of Financial Aid Administrator's (NASFAA) Board of Directors. She has demonstrated her expertise in financial aid by presenting at conferences at the state, regional and national level.


12:39pm, Providence Catholic High School
Frank Palmasani, College Counselor - Author of the book 'Right College Right Price'
College Affordability

Frank Palmasani has been a professional educator at the college and high school level for 41 years. He has been a seminar presenter on the challenges of college costs for the last 31 years. The author of 'Right College, Right Price,' Palmasani has delivered presentations to thousands of students, parents, and high school counselors. His goal is to help families learn how to manage their college costs without excessive debt, by teaching them how to maximize opportunities for sticker price reduction and how to find affordable college options. He currently serves as a college counselor at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox.

Marc Horner, Wealth Advisor & Founder
Negotiate A Better College Tuition

Marc founded Fairhaven Wealth Management in 2015. Prior to that, he was a financial advisor with the wealth management divisions of both Merrill Lynch and UBS for a total of 14 years.

His education includes economics at North Park University, investment management at the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business and wealth management at the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business. Marc holds the professional designations Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA).

Marc serves on the Advisory Board of The Chicago Community Trust, the Editorial Board of the Investments & Wealth Monitor, published by the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), and as a Trustee for the Board of Directors of the Providence Country Day School, his high school alma mater located in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Marc is a trusted media resource and appears regularly on WBBM Radio's 'Noon Business Hour', WGN Radio's 'Wintrust Business Lunch' and the nationally syndicated television show, 'BusinessFirst AM.'

A collegiate All-American in basketball, Marc now enjoys golfing, cooking and wearing a kilt as a bagpiper with The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band (currently on sabbatical). Marc and his wife, Christine, live in Wheaton, Illinois, with their four children.


12:19pm, New Trier High School
Deb Donley, Post-High School Counselor
How to Stand Out

Deb Donley is in her twenty-fourth year as a post-high school counselor at New Trier Township High School. A former English teacher, she worked in college admissions and advising for some thirteen years. She is on the faculty of The Academy for College Admission Counseling and is so enmeshed in the world of college admissions that she married an admissions counselor as well.