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GSU welcomes new executive director for SXL

craig schmidt

Governors State University (GSU) welcomes Craig Schmidt as Executive Director of the School of Extended Learning.

As Executive Director, Schmidt, a GSU alumni and College of Business Hall of Achievement inductee (20’), will head the university’s hub for non-degree options geared toward working professionals. Schmidt will work with business leaders to identify training opportunities and collaborate with community organizations on grant funding. He will also partner with GSU’s colleges and faculty to deliver training that creates innovation and prepares individuals for jobs of the future.   

Schmidt comes to GSU from the Calumet Area Industrial Commission, a non-profit organization specializing in economic and workforce development. There, he served as Vice President of Talent Development, leading workforce development efforts linking businesses to educational programs and resources.

 With more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions in the public and private sectors, Schmidt has raised over $25 million for organizations he’s worked for. His expertise includes strategic planning and leadership, workforce development, education and training, grant writing, event planning, community engagement and curriculum development. Some of his various roles have included Consultant at CDS Workforce Solutions, Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Prairie State College and Director of Education and Administrative Services at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. 

“I'm excited to join GSU and contribute to their excellence in education and to add to its presence as a valuable partner and educator in the Chicago Southland region and beyond," Schmidt said.