Dr. Thomas Jandris

Partner, Education

  • Dr. Thomas (Tom) Jandris is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) and Dean, College of Innovation and Professional Programs Professor of Leadership
  • Dr. Jandris currently has the unique distinction of serving as Senior Vice President of Concordia University Chicago and its Chief Innovation Officer (CINO). He is also the Dean of the new and dynamic College of Innovation and Professional Programs, having previously served as the founding Dean of the College of Business and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.
  • Several years ago, Dr. Jandris started Progress Education Corporation to offer staff development, school improvement planning, policy consulting and a line of proprietary technology–based learning management tools to schools, districts and states.
  • Previously, he served as the president of EDmin, Inc., a company that develops technology solutions to empower performance management in education.
  • Other private sector education experiences include:
    • founding and managing Fox River Learning serving as CEO of HOSTS Corporation
    • served as the lead consultant to the governor of Michigan and the mayor’s office in Detroit during the reform takeover of the Detroit Public Schools
    • helped draft the enabling legislation to implement a constitutional amendment to restructure the governance of Florida’s education system
    • director of state services for the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Dr. Jandris was the chief architect and leader of the Urban Coalition and Corporate Partners Programs at ECS. He also directed the three-year national study of the Governance of America’s Schools
    • founded and grew a highly successful human resources consulting company
    • former U.S. Olympic Team member and syndicated columnist

Educational background

  • Dr. Jandris is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach at the graduate level. He is in demand as a speaker and consultant around the world on topics relating to “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education,” the topic that currently consumes most of his research and scholarship. His education includes a PhD from the University of Minnesota, an MEd from Wayne State and a BS in education from Eastern Illinois University.