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TIAA Announces New Executive Director

Friday, October 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jake Strickler
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I am pleased to announce that John Schuldt '85 has assumed the role of Executive Director of TIAA, effective this week.John joins TIAA following a successful, 30+ year international career with Ford Motor Company and as the President of AMCHAM Korea, before returning to the US earlier this year.
John's appointment is the result of a detailed search process conducted by our TIAA Board. We were pleased that over 30 Thunderbird graduates expressed interest in the role and 28 formally applied. I want to sincerely thank all who applied for the position. It was an honor and a pleasure to get to know you more through this process. From this pool of very talented applicants we conducted a series of phone, video, and personal interviews that involved several Board Members.

John is already working out of our Scottsdale office, and his wife, fellow T-bird Robbie Schuldt '86, will be joining him as they finalize their relocation to the Phoenix area. John can be reached at

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank TIAA’s Operations Manager, Jake Strickler ’17, for his tireless support in the time leading up to John joining the team.

This is an important appointment as TIAA continues building our community and delivering valuable services to our members. Exciting developments are in store for TIAA, and we are thrilled to have a Thunderbird alum of John’s experience and passion leading the organization.Please join me, along with the rest of TIAA’s Board, staff, and volunteers, in welcoming John to his new role!


Doug Deardorf '84
TIAA Board Chairman