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Executive Vice President and CFO
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J.W. Croft, PhD

Jim Croft joined The Field Museum (Chicago, Illinois) in May 1984, and currently serves as Executive Vice President. His primary areas of responsibility include Finance (CFO), Protection Services, and Facilities Planning and Operations.

He is responsible for accounting, budgeting, grants administration, investments, debt compliance, in addition to security services, and facilities management, which includes institutional construction projects.

Dr. Croft also served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Museum. In that role, he was Chief Development Officer, which included annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and a capital campaign.

Prior to joining the Museum, he held several positions in social service administration as a community center executive director (1967-1974); financial officer / controller (1974- 1979); and the chief business officer (1979-1984).

He received a PhD from the University of Nebraska where his doctoral work focused on higher education and nonprofit finance. He studied accounting and management at the University of Nebraska and Roosevelt University, and holds a graduate degree from National-Louis University (National College of Education).

He has taught finance, accounting and management courses at several Chicago area universities. Currently is a featured speaker in the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Higher Education Management at McKendree University.

Dr. Croft serves on the Boards of First Nonprofit Insurance Company, The Salvation Army, The Natural Science Collections Alliance, The Chicago Sunday Evening Club, Great Lakes Advisors, LLC, Chapin Hall at The University of Chicago, Resurrection University and Illinois Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities.