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Search Committee Seeks Candidates for WSB Dean

By Wisconsin School of Business

July 31, 2018

The search for the next dean of the Wisconsin School of Business is officially underway. The search and screen committee is inviting nominations and applications.

Founded in 1900, the school established one of the first five business programs in the nation. The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs.

The school, with a budget of approximately $70 million, comprises approximately 80 tenured and tenure track faculty, 220 professional staff and 40 university staff. WSB offers degrees in the major fields of business, as well as executive and continuing education programs.

The 17-member search and screen committee is being chaired by Mark A. Covaleski, professor of accounting and information systems.

The committee desires candidates with extensive leadership experience in a higher education setting, demonstrated success as a collaborative and creative leader, knowledge of the competitive environment for business schools, strong management, communication and fundraising skills, and a commitment to diversity among students, faculty and staff — and to advancing an inclusive, diverse climate that stimulates excellence.

Finalists for the position will meet with senior campus leaders and other constituent groups, and will make public presentations to the Wisconsin School of Business community.

Other committee members include:

  • Joanie Bonazza, senior administrative program specialist, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Amber Epp, associate professor of marketing
  • Mark Fedenia, associate professor of finance
  • Martin Ganco, associate professor of management and human resources
  • Andra Ghent, associate professor of real estate and urban land economics
  • Joseph Halaas, director of international programs at the school
  • Tammy Herbst-Koel, department administrator in the Department of Economics
  • Deborah Keller, retired CEO at Covance, WARF Board of Trustees
  • Anders Larsen, student representative from the Wisconsin School of Business
  • Paul Shain, president and CEO, Singlewire Software
  • Soyeon Shim, dean of the School of Human Ecology
  • Justin Sydnor, associate professor of risk and insurance
  • Terry Warfield, professor of accounting and information systems
  • Ken West, professor of economics
  • Susan Yackee, director, La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • Jenny Yuan, financial specialist, Wisconsin School of Business

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For questions or comments, contact Carole Kolb at or (608) 890-1661.