As treasurer, Jeffrey Bethke is the financial officer responsible for treasury, cash and operating liquidity management; debt management; oversight of investment assets including the endowment; commercial real estate acquisition and management; insurance and loss prevention and supervision of the purchasing activities of DePaul University.
Bethke is the president of the Educational Advancement Fund, a private higher education support institution that operates a 1,720-bed high rise dormitory in downtown Chicago on behalf of DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University. He is also the investment chair of the DePaul University defined contribution retirement plan as well as an oversight committee member of the DePaul University Student Managed Investment Fund. He is a member of the university’s Joint Council and its Executive Compliance Committee.
He has served as treasurer since 2008. He joined the university in 2002 and has previously served as associate treasurer; associate vice president for university budgeting, chief of staff to the university executive vice president and the director of procurement. Before DePaul, Bethke was a principal at Jeslen Corporation, a Chicago-based management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational development. He began his business career in corporate marketing and merchandise management at a high-growth retail company as it grew to more than 250 stores with annual sales exceeding $1.0 billion where he directed merchandise fulfillment and vendor negotiations. He also served as director of procurement for the 79-branch Chicago Public Library System.
Bethke has an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School of Business) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Civic Federation, and the Chicago Central Area Committee. He is a trustee of Gordon Tech College Prep High School.