Concordia College Welcomes New Executives

June 17, 2014

Concordia College has announced the hiring of Theodore “Ted” Francavilla as the College’s new Chief Financial Officer and Michelle Gittlen, Esq. who will serve as Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Ted Francavilla is an accomplished executive with experience in both the financial services and nonprofit sectors.  He has held several senior management positions over a 26-year career with JPMorgan Chase and predecessor banks, including CFO for Regional Consumer Banking, CFO for the Credit Card Marketing Division, and Director of Strategy for Retail Banking and head of the Retail Insurance business.  Ted then served as a Senior Advisor at First Manhattan Consulting Group, providing management consulting to regional banks and other financial services clients.

In the nonprofit sector, Ted moved from a Board Director role to Interim CEO and then COO at Lighthouse International, an organization that has served the blind and visually impaired for over 105 years.  Ted has a BS in Finance from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Gittlen, Esq. is an experienced executive with over a decade working with nonprofits, having served as Executive Director of the Johan Santana Foundation, Executive Director of the Jorge Posada Foundation, and Chief Operating Officer of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. In addition to fundraising and as part of the leadership teams, Michelle’s role and responsibilities touched all aspects of managing the organizations, including board of director development, business cultivation, financial planning and programming implementation. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany in English Literature and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

“The Concordia community is pleased to welcome Ted and Michelle to our campus.  I am certain their contributions will result in sustained fiscal prosperity and outstanding alumni outreach as we continue to grow in academic offerings and our community commitment,” said Concordia President, Dr. Viji George.