CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mehul Patel has been appointed TCS Education System CFO, effective immediately. Patel joined TCS in early 2015 as associate vice president of financial planning and analysis, and has provided a confluence of strategy and execution from then on. Having overseen all TCS internal and external financial reporting and cash management since April of this year, he has taken the lead on System portfolio investments and treasury, real estate strategy, and fiscal operations while working with all TCS partner college and department leaders to identify new strategic opportunities. "Since seamlessly assuming the office of CFO in the spring, Mehul has engaged every key member of the organization to both advance our mission and fortify a strong foundation for the finance discipline built on radical cooperation," says TCS President Dr. Michael Horowitz. "I am confident in his track record of helping our leadership achieve our financial targets and goals as well as his demonstrated ability to lead the finance discipline with deep knowledge and natural ease. Mehul's experience positions him well to continue adding value in the rapidly changing higher education sector we live in today and to continue advancing our long- and short-term objectives for the System." Patel holds a dual bachelor's degree in finance and management information systems from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in finance, analytical consulting and management strategy. Prior to his tenure with TCS, Patel held roles in financial management with Discover Financial Services, in operations strategy with Enova Financial, and in strategy and operations analysis at Deloitte Consulting. About TCS Education SystemTCS Education System (TCS) is a nonprofit system of colleges that was launched in 2009 to advance student success and community impact. Currently, the System spans five colleges, campus locations across 12 cities and a community of 21 global academic partners to fulfill the aspirations of nearly 7,000 students. The TCS model provides its colleges with the scale of resources necessary to succeed, including admissions and enrollment operations, finance and accounting, information and learning technology, marketing, strategic planning, compliance and legal services, human resources, and global engagement among other areas of professional expertise. The System was founded on the belief that by sharing administrative resources and allowing colleges to concentrate on providing students with quality, social change-focused education, we can give each member of our community the power to change the world. TCS colleges include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children's School, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Saybrook University. To learn more, visit www.tcsedsystem.edu.