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Nim Chinniah provides strategic advisory services to colleges, universities, academic health systems, and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of finance, operations, leadership/governance, organization structures, and board engagement.

Most recently Nim was the Head of Banking and Advisory Services at Prager & Company. He had overall responsibility for Financial Advisory, Strategic Advisory, Underwritings, and Data Analytics. He served on the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Prior to his role at Prager, he served as the Executive Vice President at Northwestern University. In this role, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the University and had overall responsibility for areas that included Investments, Financial Operations and Treasury, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Safety and Security, Budget and Planning, Change Management and Auxiliary Services, Internal Audit, Compliance, and Community Relations. He also staffed the Finance, Educational Properties, and Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committees of the Board.

Prior to his role at Northwestern, he served as the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Chicago. He had responsibility for the Finance and Administration Division of the University, which comprised more than 900 staff in several departments, including Facilities Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, the University of Chicago Police Department, Parking and Transportation, Risk Management and Audit, Environmental Health and Safety, Financial Services, Business Diversity, and Real Estate. Other responsibilities included staffing University of Chicago Trustee Committees including Audit, Financial Planning, Campus Planning & Facilities, and Compensation.

Nim came to the University of Chicago from Vanderbilt University where he held several positions over a sixteen-year period. As the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration and Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt University, he served as the chief financial officer for academic affairs and as the principal deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and CFO.

Nim earned a M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in computer science and business (summa cum laude) from Lambuth University.

He received the "Rising Star" award in 2003 from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He also has served as chairman of the Nashville Human Relations Commission, a position appointed by the mayor of Nashville. He served as a member of the First Tennessee Bank Nashville Advisory Board and on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, the University of Chicago Charter Schools, and on the Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Nim was named a 2011 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and was a finalist for the 2011 Financial Executives International Chicago CFO of the Year award.

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