Dean's Advisory Board
Wisconsin Naming Partners
Innovation Fund
Wisconsin Business Alumni Board
Diversity Advisory Board
Knowledge Center Boards

Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board provides guidance, advice, and support to help the Wisconsin School of Business achieve its strategic objectives. Board members represent a variety of large and small, local and international companies. Each member serves a four-year term. 

Laurie BensonCEOInacomBiography
Carey BongardCarey BongardExecutive VP, Human Resources & Org DevelopmentAssurant, Inc.Biography
Ericson ChanEricson ChanChief Information Officer, Greater China and North AsiaStandard Chartered BankBiography
Viveca ChanViveca ChanChairman and CEOWE Marketing GroupBiography
Susan Chapman-HughesSusan E. Chapman-HughesSenior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement American ExpressBiography
Sean ClearySean ClearyPresidentCleary Building CorpBiography
Mike ConnellyMike ConnellyPresident and CEOCatholic Health PartnersBiography
Tim DanielsTim DanielsCEO-Asia, Middle East, and AfricaLaureate EducationBiography
Tom FormoloTom FormoloPartnerNew Harbor CapitalBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldCindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Dan KellyDan KellyChief Financial Officer/Treasurer American Family InsuranceBiography
Raymond LoRaymond LoOwnerCIC Capital ManagementBiography
Mike MurrayMichael MurrayManaging DirectorAltair Advisers LLCBiography
John NeisJohn NeisManaging DirectorVenture Investors of Wisc.Biography
Dale NitschkeDale NitschkeManaging PartnerOvative/GroupBiography
Patrick O'brienPatrick O'BrienCEOParis PresentsBiography
Gregg OstranderGregg A. OstranderRetired Chairman, President, and CEO of Michael FoodsMichael FoodsBiography
Linda ProcciLinda Procci, Ph.D.Vice President, OperationsCedars-Sinai Medical CenterBiography
Gary RappeportGary Rappeport(Dean's Advisory Board Chairman), CEO and PrincipalFar Horizons CapitalBiography
Bill RauwerdinkBill RauwerdinkFounder and Managing MemberBAM Investments LLCBiography
Ann SchwisterAnn SchwisterVice President, Global Oral CareProcter & GambleBiography
Suzanne ShainSuzanne ShainOwnerBrandFirst MarketingBiography
Toni SikesCEOCODAworxBiography
Alison Sparks JohnsonAlison Sparks JohnsonSPHR, SHRM-CP, Experienced Human Resources & Internal Communications ExecutiveBiography
Tom StevensTom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Steve SwainSteve SwainSenior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerDISH NetworkBiography
tom TefftTom TefftSenior Vice President and President, NeuromodulationMedtronic, Inc.Biography
Harsha TipirneniHarsha TipirneniManaging PartnerAryabhatta VenturesBiography
Colin WelchColin S.A. WelchPresident and Chief Operating OfficerFinancoBiography

Wisconsin Naming Partners

In 2007, the Wisconsin School of Business received an unprecedented gift totaling $85 million from a group of 13 alumni who formed the “Wisconsin Naming Partnership” to support the school’s mission. The gift has since grown to $95.4 million and includes two more naming partners. Two naming partners remain anonymous.

The Wisconsin naming gift is the first of its kind received by a U.S. business school. Conventional business school naming gifts adopt the name of a single donor in perpetuity. By preserving the Wisconsin name for 20 years, this gift leaves open the option of future naming gifts. During that time, the school will not be named for a single donor or entity. This unprecedented naming partnership will uphold tradition and greatly enhance the value of the school to students, the campus, and the state.

The Wisconsin Naming Partnership will provide strategic advice to the Wisconsin School of Business, including future naming opportunities. The partnership includes:

Paul CollinsPaul CollinsCitigroupBiography
Wade FetzerWade Fetzer IIIGoldman SachsBiography
Pete FrenchettePete FrechettePatterson CompaniesBiography
Jon HammesJon D. HammesHammes CompanyBiography
Ted KellnerTed D. KellnerFiduciary ManagementBiography
Mike KnetterMike KnetterUniversity of Wisconsin FoundationBiography
Paul LeffPaul LeffPerry Partners, Ltd.Biography
Sheldon LubarSheldon B. LubarLubar & Co., Inc.Biography
John MorgridgeJohn MorgridgeCisco Systems, Inc.Biography
Ab NicholasAlbert "Ab" NicholasNicholas CompanyBiography
John OrosJohn J. OrosJ.C. Flowers & Co.Biography
Signe OstbyH. Signe OstbySoftware Publishing CorporationBiography
Mike ShannonMichael S. ShannonKSL Capital Partners, LLCBiography

Innovation Fund

Andrew BoszhardtAndrew BoszhardtManaging Partner and CIOGreat Oaks Venture CapitalBiography
Jeffery HammesJeffrey HammesPartnerKirkland & EllisBiography
John HatherlyJohn HatherlyManaging PartnerWynnchurch CapitalBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldCindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Bill JohnsonBill JohnsonRetired ChairmanJohansen Capital Associates, Inc.Biography
Peter LeidelPeter LeidelFounder and MemberYorktown PartnersBiography
Milo PinkertonMilo PinkertonPresident and FounderMSP Real Estate, Inc.Biography
Robert PollockRobert PollockPresident and CEOAssurant, Inc.Biography
Gary RappeportGary RappeportRetired CEODonlen CorporationBiography
Ricky SandlerRicky SandlerManaging Member and Senior Portfolio ManagerEminence Capital LLCBiography
Tom StevensTom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Glen TellockGlen TellockCEOManitowoc Company, Inc.Biography
Patrick ThielePatrick ThieleFormer President and CEOPartnerRe, Ltd.Biography
Bill & Joan TrukenbroadWilliam (Truk) & Joan TrukenbrodRetired Executive Vice PresidentThe Northern Trust CompanyBiography
Dr. M. Keith and Barbara WeikelDr. M. Keith and Barbara WeikelRetired, DirectorHCR ManorCareBiography
Gary WendtGary WendtExecutive Managing PartnerGlobal Opportunity AdvisorsBiography
Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni AssociationWREAABiography

Wisconsin Business Alumni Board

Kendra Armstrong
Vice President, Human Resources Manager
Bank of America
MBA '12

Kelley Burnett
District of Sales, Minnesota
American Family Insurance
BBA '03

Cynthia Bush
Brand Director
Wisconsin School of Business
BBA '05

Corey Chisnell
Vice President, Finance
Ridge Property Trust
BBA '91

Ryan Fuhrmann
Fuhrmann Capital
BBA '96

Lisa Harris
Regional Director, Retail Business Development
BBA '97

Nezih Hasanoglu
Director, Business Development; Partner
M3 Insurance
MBA '13

Tim Hotchandani
Director, Health Care Investment Banking
Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
BBA '04

Dennis Hull
Group Manager Consumer & Market Insights
The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
MBA '09

Kurt Johnson
Senior Finance Manager
General Mills
BBA '98

Jason Krieger
Director, Global Business Development, Global Corporate Payments
American Express
BS '02

Mike Lisle
BBA '01

Matt Martinek
Portfolio Manager
Reinhart Partners
BBA '05

Travis Mattson
Senior Manager
BBA '99 & MAcc '00

Derek Matzke
Assurance Senior Manager
BA '01, MAcc '02

Emmett McCann
Highstar Capital
BBA '97

Marisa Menzel
Financial Advisor
Wisconsin Financial Group, Inc.
BBA '00

B.J. Miller
Senior Director, Performance and Planning
Park Nicollet Health Services
BBA '87

Chris Murphy
Factory Controller
Nestle USA
MS '00

Nicole Nelson
Senior Manager
MBBA '03, MAcc '04

Tim O'Mara
Sales Manager, Separation and Purification Group
ITOCHU Chemicals America
MBA '10

Max Peek
Senior Vice President
Waterton Associates
BBA '03

Nathan Plumb
Associate Portfolio Manager
Plumb Funds
COO, Wisconsin Capital Management
MBA '10

Suzy Pursell
Senior Product Manager, Credit Insurance
CUNA Mutual Group
BBA '00, MBA '08

Mike Sanders
Business Builder, Strategic Consultant, Sales and Marketing Professional
BBA '89

Ion Skillrud
Senior Manager
Deloitte Consulting
BBA '04

Ben Van Roo
Vice President, Supply Chain, Analytics, Data Science
BS '01, MBA '03, Ph.D. '07

Kristina Winterfeldt
Area President
Arthur J Gallagher and Co.
BBA '02

Diversity Advisory Board

Darrell BazzellDarrell BazzellVice Chancellor for Administration and FinanceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBiography
Malcolm BrettMalcolm BrettDirector of Broadcasting and Media InnovationsUW Extension
Stan DavisStan DavisAdjunct Professor and Former Regent/Chief Legal Counsel for Governor DoyleUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Kristina EngesethKristina EngesethHuman Resources ManagerJohnson & Johnson
David GayDavid GayPartner, Assurance ServicesErnst & YoungBiography
Pam KermishPam KermischIntegrated Communications DirectorGeneral Mills, Inc.
Dwayne MaddoxDwayne MaddoxRegional Media ManagerAmerican Family InsuranceBiography
Ann RobersonAnn RobersonDirector of Human Resources
Nestlé Pizza Division
Ann SchwisterAnn SchwisterVice President, Global Oral CareProcter & GambleBiography
Helen TaylorHelen TaylorDiversity and Inclusion ConsultantAmerican Family Insurance
Thomas WestrickThomas WestrickGlobal Controller and Chief Risk OfficerGE HealthcareBiography
Raymond WilsonRay WilsonPartner, AssurancePricewaterhouseCoopers

Knowledge Center Boards

Knowledge center boards and the companies they represent are a crucial source of the real-world learning emphasized at the Wisconsin School of Business. Board members serve at the highest levels in leading businesses around the world—many of them are alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All of them commit to helping our students begin successful careers in their chosen fields.