Education Week

Join Newsradio the week of May 13th for Education Week sponsored by Saint Xavier University on the WBBM Noon Business Hour!

May 17, 2019 - 10:31 am


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
University of Illinois System

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.


How to get in college the right way! & Overall College Affordability 
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.


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.


Media Folder : 
12:19 College Affordability 
Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado has focused his 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. 
As Chancellor, he oversees Chicago's community college system, serving more than 80,000 students across seven colleges.  From 2001 to 2017, he served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs that led to sustainable employment and economic stability.

Chancellor Salgado is a community college graduate himself, earning an associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College, prior to earning a Bachelors degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chancellor Salgado has been nationally recognized for his work, most recently as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, one of the most prestigious innovation prizes in the United States. 


Marc Horner, Wealth Advisor
Fairhaven Wealth Management & Editor of Million Oak Brook, IL



Stephen D. Schutt, President Lake Forest College

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.



12:19pm, HOW TO STAND OUT 
Deb Donley, Post-High School Counselor
New Trier High School

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.