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John J. Vitanovic

Academic Degrees

MBA, University of Chicago
BSc Accounting, DePaul University

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant


Mr. John J. Vitanovec is a Senior Professional Lecturer in DePaul's School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems. He has been teaching at DePaul since 2009. In addition, he serves the department as Coordinator of Scheduling and Curriculum.

Prior to DePaul, Mr. Vitanovec's career included both public accounting and the media industry. Upon graduation from DePaul, he joined the Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) audit practice and served a variety of publicly and privately held clients in manufacturing, consumer products and real estate. After PwC, he spent 25 years at Tribune Broadcasting — the television, radio and entertainment group of Tribune Company. Initially the group manager of financial planning, his responsibilities included both operational and strategic planning for the group, along with acquisition analysis, support and transition. His Tribune career included 13 years at WGN-TV, initially as Controller, then later Station Manager and finally VP/General Manager. He also served as the VP/General Manager of WLVI – TV in Boston. His final position with Tribune was as Executive VP of Tribune Broadcasting Company, which generated $1.5 billion of sales across its over 30 operating units.

Mr. Vitanovec earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and is also a registered CPA (Illinois). As a DePaul undergraduate, he studied in the honors accounting program (now Strobel Scholars) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree in Accounting. While a student at DePaul he was active on campus, including serving as resident advisor in Clifton (now Munroe Hall). He also was elected president of the honors accounting society Beta Alpha Psi. In addition, he presented the Student Commencement Address at DePaul's university wide graduation ceremony.​