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DePaul University board welcomes 6 trustees

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The newest trustees elected to DePaul University’s board are, clockwise from top left, Jennifer W. Steans, Anne Prisco, Gery Chico, Claire O’Grady, Timothy S. Crane and John Kerr. (DePaul University composite/Jeff Carrion)
CHICAGO — DePaul University announces that six leaders from the fields of business, education and finance have been elected to its 40-member board of trustees. Joining the board are Gery Chico, senior partner at the Chicago law firm of Chico & Nunes, P.C.; Timothy S. Crane, executive vice president, corporation treasurer and senior market head at Wintrust Financial Corporation; John Kerr, Systems Architecture, Apple; Claire O’Grady, admission specialist at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago; Anne Prisco, president of Felician University in New Jersey; and Jennifer W. Steans, president and CEO of Financial Investments Corporation.

“These trustees’ valuable expertise and insight, at both the national and local level, continue a long tradition of bringing exceptional leadership to our governing board,” said DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. “I appreciate their service and dedication to our university.”

“DePaul’s board is gaining the knowledge and expertise of six exceptional leaders who are committed to our mission and our long term success,” said Jim Ryan, chair of the board of trustees. “I'm thrilled they are joining our team and look forward to working with them.”

More about DePaul’s trustees, including their bios, is online at

DePaul University’s board of trustees is responsible for shaping the strategies that best promote the fulfillment of the university’s mission and values. With nearly 22,500 students and some 300 academic programs, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. It is nationally recognized for incorporating service learning throughout its curriculum and preparing its graduates for a global economy.

DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. DePaul’s tradition of providing a quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds, with particular attention to first-generation students, has resulted in one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies. More information is available at


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