Author Profile

Tracy Lorenz | President, Western International University

Current Position and Past Experience
Tracy Lorenz is the president of Western International University (West). Since assuming her role in 2011, Tracy has taken the lead on West’s transition to a new online format that is proven to help students better absorb and utilize new information through the incorporation of short videos and interactive exercises.

Tracy previously served as CFO and Vice President of Strategy and Development for West, where she was responsible for maintaining the financial health of the organization and for guiding all of the operational leaders to oversee enrollment student finance, academic counseling, university services and career resources.

Prior to West, Tracy worked as Vice President at Career Education Corporation (CEC), where she led the team that opened all of CEC's new ground campuses. She previously had oversight for 14 schools within the Art and Design Strategic Business Unit, which included leading the launch of CEC's fully online Art and Design school.

Previously, Tracy worked at McDonald’s Corporation for 6 years in International Accounting overseeing many partner relationships in India, Central Europe, Europe and the Middle East. She began her professional career at KPMG where she was an auditor and promoted early to run audit engagements in real estate, banking and manufacturing.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Indiana University and passed her CPA exam the same month of graduation.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
She is an ardent volunteer and supporter of SIDS of Illinois, where she served as its Vice President and Treasurer for many years. She also is an endurance race enthusiast and has competed in many Ironman triathlon races. Her husband and children also share in the love of triathlons and are relentless competitors.

Connect
For more of Lorenz’s writing, you can visit her page on the Huffington Post.
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