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Concordia-Chicago faculty member awarded for exemplary research in education finance


Dr. Craig Schilling, Concordia University Chicago associate professor of leadership, has been named a National Education Finance Academy (NEFA) Distinguished Fellow. The award is extended to five individuals every year who have gained national visibility for exemplary research or practice in the field of public education finance, at the elementary and secondary level as well as in higher education.

Schilling teaches and is the program chair for graduate-level classes on school finance, human resources, school law and school business management. Before coming to Concordia-Chicago, he served in various administrative positions for local school districts. In 2014, he was recognized by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials with the Ronald E. Everett Distinguished Service Award.

“While this award has been graciously bestowed on me, it means that Concordia-Chicago has been recognized as a research as well as a teaching university,” Schilling said. “I am honored and hope to be able to grow this recognition for our university in the field of school finance in the future.”

“Dr. Schilling exemplifies the high caliber of Concordia University Chicago faculty,” said Dr. Robert Wilhite, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “He represents our university well. I could not be more proud of him and his work, and congratulate him on this outstanding award and honor.”