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Dr. Robert Wilhite appointed College of Graduate Studies dean at Concordia-Chicago


Concordia University Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Wilhite as dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Wilhite, a professor of educational leadership, has been a member of Concordia-Chicago’s faculty since 2007 and is the past chair of the Department of Leadership. He teaches classes focused on instructional leadership, supervision, school improvement, school change processes, ethics and legal issues for school districts. He is a member of the Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Board peer review panels for principal and superintendent preparation programs.

In his new role, Wilhite will oversee many academic programs of study at the master’s and doctoral levels that were previously housed under CUC’s former College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.

“As an institution with a long and successful history in graduate-level education—since 1957 to be exact—we at Concordia University Chicago are pleased to have Dr. Wilhite in this new leadership role,” said Dr. O. John Zillman, Senior Vice President for Academics. “His longstanding dedication to the University and thorough academic research and experience in the field of leadership will allow him to continue and build upon the college’s innovation and service to both its students and the community.”

Prior to his tenure at CUC, Wilhite served on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago, Governors State University and St. Xavier University. He has also served as an elementary, middle school and high school principal at various schools in the Chicago area. Wilhite earned his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He earned a Master of Education in Reading and Learning Disabilities as well as a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.

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