Board of Trustees

Carin L. Stutz

WIU B.O.T. Trustee Carin StutzChicago; Appointed October 2019

Trustee Carin Stutz, a 1978 home economics graduate, is the former chief operating officer and executive vice president for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.

Prior to Red Robin, she served as president of McAlister's Corporation at FOCUS Brands Inc. In 2012, she was named the CEO and president of Cosi, Inc. and served as a member of Cosi's Board of Directors from 2012-13. Previously, she served for three years as the president and COO of global business development for Brinker International, where she led franchise development and operations for Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants worldwide; spent eight years as an executive vice president of operations for Applebee's International; served five years as central and pacific division vice president for Wendy's International; served as regional operations vice president for Sodexo, U.S.A.; and was vice president of corporate operations for NutriSystem, Inc. 

Stutz was the past board chair and member of the board of directors of the Women's Foodservice Forum, an organization in the food service industry dedicated to developing gender-diverse leadership talent. She received her master's degree in business administration from Mid America Nazarene University

Email: CL-Stutz@wiu.edu