HIGHLAND PARK – North Shore School District 112 announced its new chief financial officer (CFO), Christopher Wildman, and director of communications, Nicholas D. Glenn, at a special Board of Education meeting on May 27.
Wildman will replace Mohsin Dada who has served as NSSD-112 CFO for five years.
“I think that out of his sense of altruism, Mohsin made the decision to throw himself on the sword after the referendum failed,” said board member Jane Solmor Mordini after the meeting. “The most complicated issue in the district is finances. It’s a daunting task for anyone to figure out. We’re encouraged that Chris is young, interested and energetic. We all want him to succeed and are crossing our fingers, as it’s a gigantic task at a difficult time.”
Solmor Mordini said the selection process entailed about three interviews with Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy, board President Michael Cohn and board member Eric Ephraim. “For the near future Mohsin will offer his support to the incoming CFO and the Community Reconfiguration 2.0 Team,” she added.
Wildman is a Certified Public Accountant who began working last July as CFO, treasurer and chief School of Business Official (CSBO) at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero.
Wildman told Daily North Shore, “Before that I was director of business services at New Trier Township High School for three years. Now I’m looking forward to returning to the North Shore.”
Wildman received his Masters in Accounting from Dominican University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical statistics from the University of Liverpool. Wildman is scheduled to begin his first day as CFO on July 1.
As the new director of communications, Glenn will replace Andi Rosen, director of school-community relations. Rosen began working with the district in February 2011. Digital Media Specialist Steven Clay said Rosen was the entire communications department until he came on in December 2014.
Solmor Mordini seconded Rosen’s dedication to hard work:
“Andi Rosen was a department of one doing the job of 10,” she said.“Andi was innovative and creative. Although her personal obligations required more attention, and it became difficult to work 60 to 70 hours a week, she left everything in good order and continues to communicate with colleagues in the district.”
Glenn told Daily North Shore that he’s gained a wealth of experience working for more than a year on different campaigns as an account executive for Carol Fox and Associates. For example, his client the nonprofit Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) manages over 32 Chicago Public Schools, and AUSL partners with Turnaround Arts: Chicago.
“I just worked on the Turnaround Arts: Chicago campaign with kids who went to the White House to perform for Michelle Obama in a talent show,” said Glenn. “I also worked on a campaign for Wendell Phillips Academy, the first public high school from Chicago that ever won the state football championship in 2015. I was honored to have won a Golden Trumpet Award for that project.”
Glenn has also worked for the Chicago History Museum, and the Adler Planetarium. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing at Columbia College, Chicago.
Glenn said he’s very excited to begin his career at District 112.
Similar to the CFO selection process, the district has a communications committee that went through several rounds of interviews with candidates, Solmor Mordini explained. The committee is headed by board members Karla Livney and Yumi Ross.
“Nicholas is young, energetic, and he worked on Obama’s campaign,” said Solmor Mordini. “For a young person he has a wide range of communication experience. My analogy for a young communications hire: he’s a techno-native. We older folks who know what an IBM Selectric is are tourists. The difference in lifelong facility to exploit technologies as they are developing is critical.”
Nicholas Glenn will commence work as the director of communications on June 13.