Indicted Principal Teaching Educators Roffman, Accused of Misusing School Money, Works at Concordia

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Byline: Bob Susnjara Daily Herald Staff Writer

He is accused of misusing public activity fund money at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, but former Principal Philip Roffman is a full-time college faculty member teaching future administrators.

Officials at Concordia University in River Forest are saying little about Roffman's employment there.

Jane Buerger, dean of Concordia's College of Education, said Thursday that Roffman was hired before she arrived three months ago from New York. She later was directed by Concordia officials to not discuss Roffman.

Roffman, 57, of Mundelein, was indicted by a Lake County grand jury Wednesday on one felony theft count. A conviction can result in a sentence ranging from probation to five years in prison.

Lake County prosecutors accuse Roffman of illegally spending Warren District 121 activity fund cash on Steppenwolf Theatre Co. tickets for family and friends in 2003.

Roffman received a $400 reimbursement for the personal expense after submitting an activity fund form that stated "theater tickets for teacher/staff," prosecutors said.

In his new post, Roffman is an associate professor of education. He's in the education leadership department at Concordia, a 2,783- student private liberal-arts university associated with the Lutheran Church.

Buerger acknowledged the department Roffman works in offers programs to train educators for administrative responsibilities.

Concordia spokeswoman Krisse Paulson refused to say how Roffman obtained his job or when he joined the school.

"We have nothing to share on that. …