Nim Chinniah is the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Chicago. He has overall responsibility for the Finance and Administration Division of the University, which comprises more than 900 staff in several departments, including Facilities Services, Information Technology, the University of Chicago Police Department, Parking and Transportation, Risk Management and Audit, Environmental Health and Safety, Financial Services, Business Diversity, and Real Estate. Other responsibilities include fiscal and strategic planning and support of University of Chicago Trustee Committees including Audit, Financial Planning, and Campus Planning & Facilities.
Nim came to the University of Chicago from Vanderbilt University where he held several positions over a sixteen year period. As the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration and Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt University, he served as the chief financial officer for academic affairs and as the principal deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and CFO. He managed areas including the police department, plant operations (buildings, grounds, utilities), real estate, golf course, dining, printing, mail, traffic and parking, bookstores, and university registrar.
In announcing the appointment, President Zimmer said, "In Nim's 16 years at Vanderbilt, he has obtained a broad set of experiences in finance, administration and academic planning. Nim has built an excellent reputation on his ability to greatly improve the managerial capacity of administrative units, develop effective financial and budgeting systems in support of the academic mission, and lead successful planning efforts in a wide range of areas. We are delighted to have him join the leadership team at Chicago."
Nim earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in computer science and business (summa cum laude) from Lambuth University.
He received the "Rising Star" award in 2003 from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He also has served as chairman of the Nashville Human Relations Commission, a position appointed by the mayor of Nashville. He served as a member of the First Tennessee Bank Nashville Advisory Board and on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, among many other professional affiliations. He currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir and the University of Chicago Charter Schools Governing Board.
Nim was named a 2011 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and was a finalist for the 2011 Financial Executives International Chicago CFO of the Year award.