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. 

Michael CaseySenior Managing DirectorBlackstone GroupBiography
Viveca ChanChairman & CEOWE Marketing GroupBiography
Susan E. Chapman-HughesSenior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement American ExpressBiography
Sean ClearyPresidentCleary Building CorpBiography
Mike ConnellyPresident & CEOCatholic Health PartnersBiography
Tim DanielsCEO-Asia, Middle East, and AfricaLaureate EducationBiography
Tom FormoloPartnerNew Harbor CapitalBiography
Jeffrey HammesPartnerKirkland & EllisBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Dan KellyChief Financial Officer / Treasurer American Family InsuranceBiography
John NeisManaging DirectorVenture Investors of Wisc.Biography
Mark NerenhausenFounding Director & Professor of Practice Syracuse University Art Leadership Graduate ProgramBiography
Gregg A. OstranderFormer Executive Chairmen of the BoardMichael FoodsBiography
Robert PollockPresident and CEO (Dean's Advisory Board Chairman)Assurant Inc.Biography
Gary RappeportRetired CEODonlen CorporationBiography
Bill RauwerdinkFounder and Managing MemberBAM Investments LLCBiography
Ann SchwisterVice President, Global Oral Care Finance and AccountingProcter & GambleBiography
Rick SearerFormer President, Kraft North AmericaKraft FoodsBiography
Suzanne ShainOwnerBrandFirst MarketingBiography
Toni SikesCo-CEOThe Art CommissionBiography
Tom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Tom TefftSenior Vice President and President, NeuromodulationMedtronicBiography
Scott VanderSandenPresidentAT&T WisconsinBiography
Colin 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 CollinsCitigroupBiography
Wade Fetzer IIIGoldman SachsBiography
Pete FrechettePatterson CompaniesBiography
Jon Hammes1974ChairmanHammes CompanyBiography
Ted D. KellnerFiduciary ManagementBiography
Mike KnetterUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBiography
Paul LeffPerry Partners, Ltd.Biography
Sheldon B. LubarLubar & Co., IncBiography
John MorgridgeCisco Systems, Inc.Biography
Albert "Ab" NicholasChairman, CEO & Portfolio ManagerNicholas CompanyBiography
John J. OrosManaging DirectorJC FLowers & Co. LLCBiography
H. Signe OstbySoftware Publishing CorporationBiography

Innovation Fund

Andrew BoszhardtManaging Partner and CIOGreat Oaks Venture CapitalBiography
Jeffrey HammesPartnerKirkland & EllisBiography
Cindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community LeaderBiography
Bill JohnsonRetired ChairmanJohansen Capital Associates, Inc.Biography
Peter LeidelFounder & MemberYorktown PartnersBiography
Milo PinkertonPresident and FounderMSP Real Estate, Inc.Biography
Robert PollockPresident and CEO (Dean's Advisory Board Chairman)Assurant Inc.Biography
Gary RappeportRetired CEODonlen CorporationBiography
Ricky SandlerManaging Member and Senior Portfolio ManagerEminence Capital, LLCBiography
Tom StevensChairman and CEOLos Angeles Capital ManagementBiography
Glen TellockCEOManitowoc Company, Inc.Biography
Patrick ThieleFormer President & CEOPartnerRe Ltd.Biography
William (Truk) & Joan TrukenbrodRetired Executive Vice PresidentThe Northern Trust CompanyBiography
Gary WendtExecutive Managing PartnerGlobal Opportunity AdvisorsBiography
Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni AssociationWREAABiography

Wisconsin Business Alumni Board

Peter Brodd
Associate
Stewart Capital Partners, LLC
BBA '06

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

Cynthia Bush
Brand Director
Wisconsin School of Business
BBA '05

Corey Chisnell
BBA '91

Ryan Fuhrmann
President
Fuhrmann Capital
BBA '96

Tim Hotchandani 
Vice President
Deutsche Bank
BBA '04

Kurt Johnson
Sr Finance Manager
General Mills Inc
BBA '98

Mike Lisle
Controller
KleenMark
BBA '01

Scott Machut
President, North America's Reinsurance Division
Munich Health
BBA '89

Matt Martinek
Portfolio Manager
Reinhart Partners
BBA '05

Travis Mattson
Senior Manager
KPMG
BBA '99 & MAC '00

Derek Matzke
CPA/Assurance Senior Manager
BDO
BA '01, MAC '02

Emmett McCann
Managing Director
Highstar Capital
BBA '97

Marrisa Menzel
Financial Advisor
Wisconsin Financial Group Inc
BBA '00

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

Tonia Nelson
Chief Risk Management Officer
Harrison Street Real Estate Company
BBA '96, MS '03

Amy Nigrelli
Vice President, Marketing Communications
CUNA
EMBA '10

Erika O'Donohoe
Director of Client Services and Support
Propeller Health
MBA '09

Tim O'Mara
N&S America Sales Manager
Fuji Silysia Chemical SA
EMBA '10

Max Peek
Senior Vice President
Waterton Associates LLC
BBA '03

Nathan Plumb
Portfolio Manager
SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC
EMBA '10

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

Mike Sanders
General Manager
Netech
BBA '89

Neil Shapiro
Managing Director
GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC
BBA '92

Ion Skillrud
Sr. Manager
Deloitte Consulting
BBA '04

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

Diversity Advisory Board

Darrell BazzellVice Chancellor for Administration and FinanceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBiography
Malcolm BrettDirector
Broadcasting & Media Innovations
UW Extension
Stan DavisAdjunct Professor
Former Regent and Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Doyle
Univerity of Wisconsin - Madison Law School
Kristina EngesethHuman Resources ManagerJohnson & Johnson
David GayPartner, Assurance ServicesErnst & YoungBiography
Pam KermischIntegrated Communications DirectorGeneral Mills
Dwayne MaddoxRegional Media ManagerAmerican Family InsuranceBiography
Ann RobersonDirector of Human Resources
Nestle Pizza Division
Nestle
Ann SchwisterVice President, Global Oral CareProcter & GambleBiography
Helen TaylorDiversity and Inclusion ConsultantAmerican Family Insurance
Thomas WestrickGlobal Controller and Chief Risk OfficerGE HealthcareBiography
Ray 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 business 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.