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Catherine Grimsted

Catherine Grimsted

  • Chief of Staff to the Executive Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Research Interests

Analysis and management of investment priorities in higher education; development and comparison of incentive structures for higher education programs


Catherine Grimsted currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Executive Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is a leader in higher education administration with over 25 years of experience advancing excellence across finance & planning, information technology, human resources, change management, and communications. Previously, she served as Associate Dean for Finance & Administration at the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University. Earlier, she was Associate Dean for Finance & Planning at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She began her career in higher education focused on budget planning with responsibility for one-third of schools/units across Northwestern University. Grimsted earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Stanford University. She completed her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in finance. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies.


  • 1987, MBA, Finance, University of Chicago
  • 1983, BA, Economics and Political Science, Stanford University