Nimalan (Nim) Chinniah, currently executive vice president for administration and chief financial officer at the University of Chicago, will become executive vice president at Northwestern on September 8.

Serving as Northwestern’s chief operating officer, Chinniah will lead all business and finance operations and help shape the University’s global vision and strategy. He will succeed Eugene S. Sunshine '71, '01 P, '08 P, who is retiring after 17 years at the University.



Nimalan (Nim) Chinniah

Chinniah will bring a long history of leadership at the highest levels of academia to Northwestern. He joined the University of Chicago in 2007 and was named executive vice president in 2013. His leadership portfolio at Northwestern will be broad in nature and cover a spectrum of administrative and financial areas.

He also will bring a strong resume of service leadership to his role as principal adviser to the president on nonacademic matters. 

At the University of Chicago, Chinniah leads the Finance and Administration Division and is responsible for fiscal planning. He also actively engages with board of trustees committees at the University of Chicago, as he will at Northwestern.

Besides development of global strategy, his expanded portfolio at Northwestern will include the Office of Human Resources, University Services, the Investment Office, and the Office of Change Management.  

“We are very excited to have Nim Chinniah join Northwestern,” President Morton Schapiro said. “His steady leadership throughout his academic career, most recently as a chief financial officer at one of the world’s best universities, undoubtedly, will serve Northwestern well in the coming years.”

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