Chicago State University
Office of the
President
Under President Scott’s leadership, CSU has a renewed
focus on growing student enrollment, building the school’s
regional and national reputation for scholarship and academic
research, improving the resources and opportunities available to
the student body, and increasing alumni and community engagement.

Zaldwaynaka Z Scott

Zaldwaynaka (“Z”) Scott, Esq., unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees’ to serve as the 12th permanent president of Chicago State University, assumed the role on July 1, 2018. 

Under President Scott’s leadership, Chicago State University renewed focus on: growing student enrollment and securing student success; improving student services and resources toward a more holistic understanding of the needs of the student body; advancing the University’s culture, climate, and accountability; strengthening the physical infrastructure of campus assets; and positioning the institution as a community anchor for the south side of Chicago. 

President Scott oversaw the development and advancement of the Chicago State University Strategic Plan 2020-2025, ensuring that the institution will lead with the mission of transformation for students’

lives through innovation and excellence in ethical leadership. She also supervised the launch of a historic re-brand of the University, putting into motion new brand assets and campaigns to revitalize the institution’s reputation and raise awareness among new stakeholders. President Scott is also a well-known advocate for equity in higher education, having formed and co-chaired the Equity Working Group, a body of leaders from across the education, public, private, philanthropic, and community development sectors to formulate an action plan for addressing Black student access and success in Illinois higher education. 

As a distinguished business and civic leader, President Scott has played an influential role in the Chicago community for over 30 years. Currently, President Scott serves on: the Board of Directors for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Medical Center Board, where she co-chairs the board’s subcommittee on diversity; the Board of Trustees of the United States Coast Guard Academy; and the Board of Directors for Just the Beginning, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the diverse pipeline in the legal field. President Scott is also the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Housing Authority, the nation’s third largest housing authority. She also previously served on the Board of Visitors at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chicago State University, and as Chapter General Counsel for the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Prior to her current role, President Scott was an equity partner in a national law firm with an international practice that focused on corporate internal investigations, counseling clients on regulatory compliance and crisis management. She also spent more than 16 years as a federal criminal prosecutor in the position of Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, where she served as Chief of the General Crimes Section. Upon leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Illinois State Senate confirmed her appointment as Illinois’ first Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Governor and its public universities. In this role, she created an independent executive branch state agency from its inception, developed the United States’ first statewide ethics training platform for state government employees, and created a protocol for the investigation of claims of misconduct, waste, fraud, and abuse. 

President Scott has taught at some of the nation’s most competitive law schools, including Northwestern University School of Law, The University of Chicago Law School, and UIC John Marshall Law School. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law honored her with its Distinguished Service Award (2012) and selected her for induction into the Law School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2019). 

President Scott is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer on topics related to leadership, crisis management, trial advocacy, ethics and compliance. She has received numerous awards honoring her service from organizations including the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Chicago. She was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business (2018). She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago. President Scott’s peers rank her among the nation’s top lawyers, resulting in her inclusion in Chambers and Partners USA, U.S. News Best Lawyers, Women in Business Law Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers 2015, Top 10 Women in Criminal Defense, and Illinois Super Lawyers. 

President Scott holds a Juris Doctor from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Executive Leadership

Zaldwaynaka Z Scott, Esq
Zaldwaynaka Z Scott, Esq.
President of Chicago State University
Kim H. Tran
Kim H. Tran
Chief of Staff

 

Dr. Leslie Roundtree
Dr. Leslie Roundtree

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Stephanie Seay Kelly, Esq.
Stephanie Kelly, Esq.

General Counsel, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer

Michael Holmes
Michael Holmes

Interim Vice President of Administrative Services

Latrice E. Eggleston Williams
Dr. Latrice E. Eggleston Williams
Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management