Allen M. Turner has served as the chairman of the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees since 2005. He stepped down as chairman in March 2013 and remains an active member of the board.

Turner’s love of theatre originally ignited his spark of interest in Columbia. A partner in the family investment firm The Pritzker Organization, Turner pursued his passion for the arts in the 1970s by becoming Victory Gardens Theatre’s first board chair. He went on to serve as board chair for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he oversaw construction of the building and completion of the capital campaign, which, in just five years, transformed the MCA from a storefront operation to a world-class institution.


Allen M. Turner

We are
recognized as one of the leading schools in so many disciplines.


Turner’s long history of active engagement in the Chicago arts community as a philanthropist, administrator, creator, and performer led him to Columbia College Chicago. With President Warrick L. Carter, he helped lead the first comprehensive fundraising campaign for Columbia College Chicago.

“We are recognized as one of the leading schools in so many disciplines,” Turner says. “We are unique. The interdisciplinary approach we have—and the collaborative approach we have—make this a special place.”