Schmidt previously served as vice president and CFO of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), a private four-year college. At MIAD, he worked closely with the board of trustees and its executive and finance committees. Schmidt has extensive previous experience in CFO and controller roles, having worked with a Fortune 100 company, a closely held private company, and within a government agency. He also started and, for three years, ran his own business.
Schmidt earned his master’s in business administration with distinction from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 1994 and his bachelor’s in business administration with a comprehensive accounting major from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1982.