In The News
Dr. Andrew C. Sund is President of St. Augustine College (Chicago). He assumed office on July 1, 2008. A bilingual and bicultural professional, Sund fits perfectly at St. Augustine College, the only bilingual college in the Midwest with a mission to serve the Latino community of the Chicago area. During his youth, Sund had the opportunity to live in Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Mozambique, Swaziland and Tanzania before settling in the United States. These experiences allowed him to acquire fluency in various languages, including Spanish which he speaks as a native.
Professionally, Sund began his career at St. Augustine College where he developed as an Academic Advisor, Director of Institutional Research, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, Associate Dean for Student Services, and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. Additionally, Sund worked four years at Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, as Assistant Dean for Research and Planning and Dean of Workforce and Community Education. Sund received his bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; his master’s degree in History from Northwestern University. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Bruno Bondavalli is Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Bondavalli has been an administrator at St. Augustine College since it was established in 1980. He was responsible for designing the college’s first curriculum and developing enrollment management procedures. During his tenure as dean, the college earned its accreditation from the Higher Education Commission and received authority to award its first Bachelor’s degree. In 1999, Dr. Bondavalli was named Acting President by the Board of Trustees, and developed a reorganization plan that reduced operational costs and increased student enrollment. He currently supervises the Registrar, Academic Advising, Tutoring and Buildings and Grounds offices, and manages the college’s satellite sites and general operations.
David Cordova is the Vice President of Marketing and Advancement for St. Augustine College. He supervises the Marketing, Admissions and Advancement Departments and works closely with the President and senior officers to develop institutional strategy. Mr. Cordova also assists in key projects and is deeply involved in strategic partnership development and government relations.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Cordova served as Senior Director for Marketing Strategy at St. Augustine, supervising the Marketing and Admissions Departments from 2009 to 2013. He was President of David Cordova & Associates, LLC, a marketing and communications firm that he founded in 2001 to serve clients in Chicago and other parts of the country. David has successfully developed and implemented communications, media, promotions and public relations strategies for many companies in the Hispanic and general markets.
His experience in the field of marketing and communications includes radio, television and print media. For over 18 years he worked in various capacities with Univision and then with the Telemundo network affiliate in Chicago, where he progressed from television journalist to News Director and eventually served as General Manager.
He has been recognized by various organizations for his community leadership and involvement. His past community service includes the following: Illinois Facilities Fund - Board of Directors; American Red Cross of Greater Chicago - Board of Directors ; American Cancer Society - Board of Directors; Alivio Medical Center - Board of Directors; Casa Central - Board of Directors; Universidad Popular – Advisory Board.
David was born and raised in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. At the age of 13 he and his family immigrated to the U. S. and settled in East Chicago, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Spanish.
Saundra K. Fleming is Vice President for Finance. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; with post graduate studies in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Ms. Fleming has over 25 years experience from several colleges and business organizations in the Chicagoland areas. Ms. Fleming has a diverse background in all phases of general accounting, auditing, operations planning and financial reporting.
Her responsibilities at St. Augustine College include: reorganization of human resources; restructuring the business and bursar’s offices; leadership in development of the annual operating budget; completing annual financial statements and financial audit statements for compliance with both federal and specific grant audits. She also trains team members in the use of new administrative software.
Paul Heck is the Vice-President for Technology, Research and Systems at St. Augustine College. Mr. Heck has been associated with St. Augustine College since 1996 when he joined the College as Director of Administrative Computing. This position was later expanded to Chief Information Officer. Mr. Heck has over twenty-five years experience working in private higher education institutions in the areas of technology and institutional research. He has worked with complex relational databases and networks. Additionally, he has also worked as a consultant and trainer in information technology. Mr. Heck completed course work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has participated in numerous training sessions related to new technologies.
Dr. Norman Ruano is Vice President of the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE) at St. Augustine College since 2009. He has over twenty years of management, marketing and operations experience in business, public and private education environments; over ten years of experience in successfully reorganizing and starting operations in workforce development and corporate training; and over ten years of experience securing and managing public training grants along with extensive experience developing and maintaining executive-level relationships and partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and government agencies.
Norman reports to the President of St. Augustine for the management and strategic leadership of the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE), the workforce development arm of the college. The Institute for Workforce Education is a comprehensive workforce development provider with expertise in dual language (Spanish/English) training. Its mission is to be the largest college-based provider of workforce development services in Illinois by 2012. IWE operates Construction, Green Technology, Manufacturing, Non Profit, Small Business, TDL, Workplace Safety, and Service workforce training programs. Dr. Ruano has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, and a Masters in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL with a focus in urban sociology and U.S. Latino studies.
Maria Zambonino is the Director of Financial Aid since 1980 when St. Augustine College first opened. She supervises all financial assistance programs administered in the college and maintains communication regarding financial aid to students and staff. Ms. Zambonino prepares student budgets for submission to need analysis agencies and analyzes student applications for financial assistance. She provides training for the Admissions and Counseling staff and insures that the college complies with federal and state regulations. Ms. Zambonino maintains records for audit purposes and conducts ongoing internal audits for compliance.