Schrott Center

Howard L. Schrott '76

"For whatever success I've had in my career and life, Butler set the trajectory," says Howard L. Schrott, an Alexandria, Va., native who graduated from Butler University in 1976 with a B.S. cum laude, majoring in radio and television with a minor in business administration.

Howard Schrott 10As CFO of public companies for more than 15 years, Schrott has extensive experience in finance, operations, law and strategic planning. Based in San Francisco, he is currently an independent consultant whose practice encompasses finance and capital structure issues, management best practices and processes, fiscal and operational controls, communications, training and corporate governance for public and private companies of all sizes. He also serves on the board of directors and board of advisors of several public and private media, technology and telecommunications companies.

From 2001-2006 Schrott was CFO of The Liberty Corporation, a major group television broadcaster with 15 network-affiliated stations and a portfolio of media investments. He departed Liberty after Raycom Media Inc. purchased the company in 2005. He was previously senior vice president and chief financial officer of Wink Communications (now a subsidiary of OpenTV Corp.), a leading interactive television company. From 1991 to 1999 he was executive vice president and CFO of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., a major owner and operator of radio and television stations and magazines. Previously Schrott was a vice president in the media-lending group at First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo).

Having earned a J.D. magna cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, he also practiced law in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis, specializing in Federal Communications Commission matters and media-related business issues.

Schrott is a member of both the Butler University Board of Trustees and Cornerstone Society, and served on the University's Jordan College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors from 1996-2009. As a Butler undergraduate - and for 10 years after graduation - he was the voice of the Marching Bulldogs. During his years at Butler he also served as program director of Butler-owned WAJCFM, and was named Outstanding Member of the Radio-Television department his senior year.