Chief Financial Officer

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Ivan Samstein

Chief Financial Officer, University of Chicago; and
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of Chicago Medicine

Ivan Samstein's experience in financial management spans a broad array of areas, including health care, higher education, government finance, and capital. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the University of Chicago, a $3 billion institution that is amongst the world’s greatest universities, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for University of Chicago Medicine, a roughly $4.5 billion health care system. 

He served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Chicago for four years previously. In his role as CFO for the University, he works closely with the University president, provost, Board of Trustees, deans, and officers to ensure that the financial services, operations, and strategy support the academic mission and priorities of the organization. In addition to being responsible for all aspects of financial services, internal audit, and risk management at the University, he also oversees the University’s information technology service function.

Before joining the University of Chicago, he served as CFO for Cook County from 2012 to 2017, where he had oversight of eight departments and advised Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on all fiscal policy matters. Prior to that experience, Samstein was an investment banker covering municipal fixed-income markets in New York and Chicago at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and predecessor organizations and a municipal bond-rating analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.

Samstein earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s from Hunter College, City University of New York. In addition, he is a veteran of the United States Army.