Ivan Samstein

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 501
5801 S.Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone:  773.795.4114
isamstein@uchicago.edu

Executive Assistant:
Wynetta (Toni) Avery 
773.702.6067 
wavery@uchicago.edu

Ivan Samstein became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Chicago in June, 2017.

He is responsible for overseeing the University’s financial operations, working with the President, Provost, Board of Trustees, Deans, and Officers to ensure that our financial services, fiscal strategy, and operational analyses best support the academic mission and priorities of the University. In addition to overseeing all aspects of financial services, Internal Audit and Compliance, and Risk Management, he also oversees Information Technology Services, Human Resources, and Shared Services. 

Prior to joining the University, Samstein served as the Chief Financial Officer for Cook County from 2012-2016, where he had oversight of eight departments, and was primary fiscal policy advisor to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. He was previously an investment banker covering municipal fixed income markets in both New York and Chicago in the Public Finance Department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and predecessor organizations from 2004-2011, was a municipal bond rating analyst in the Public Finance Department at Moody’s Investors Service from 1999-2004, and is a veteran of the United States Army.

Samstein earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) magna cum laude from Hunter College, City University of New York.