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June 2, 2010—J. Thomas Gruenwald, a corporate strategist and former Tellabs executive, has joined the North Central College Board of Trustees.
Gruenwald, of Naperville, has more than two decades experience in technical and executive leadership. These include serving as executive vice president of corporate strategy and chief technology officer of Tellabs, Inc. During his 16-year tenure with Tellabs, Gruenwald served as executive vice president of broadband networking products and senior vice president of operations for Tellabs International, where he was responsible for Tellabs’ international product strategy, product marketing, and research and development.
In addition, he served as senior vice president of the Tellabs Broadband Access Group and vice president of strategic resources, where he had responsibility for Tellabs' human resources and global information systems.
Gruenwald is presently managing director of The Global Sentry Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and turnaround firm advising small and mid-sized corporations. Additionally, he is a lecturer at Purdue University, where he is active in nuclear physics research. He has also served as president and CEO of UNI Quality, Inc., a professional services firm, and held several executive and technical positions with AT&T. He previously was an assistant professor of physics at the University of Portland in Portland, Ore.
He served on the board of directors of Edward Hospital in Naperville for 10 years and was chairman for four years. He also has served on boards of several other organizations.
Gruenwald obtained an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Purdue University. He has been a strong supporter of North Central College, especially with a significant gift to the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center effort, and is very excited to be part of the College’s effort to build a new Science Center.