Center Leadership

Sherry Henry-Wagner

Sherry Wagner-Henry

Director | sherry.wagner-henry@wisc.edu

Sherry Wagner-Henry has extensive experience in arts administration and higher education. She came to the WSB from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis/St. Paul, where she was director of graduate programs for the College of Continuing Education and faculty director of their Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership (ACL). She created the ACL masters and, within the college, substantially grew the number of masters degrees and certificates. Through her efforts, enrollment, scholarship support, and general revenue all increased. Previously, at the University of Minnesota, she was managing director, University Theatre and Dance, and executive director, Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

As the director for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Sherry is responsible for the ongoing development of the Bolz Center, recruitment of students, and development of enhanced educational experiences, as well as advisory board engagement and job placement for center graduates.

Donald B. Hausch

Faculty Director | don.hausch@wisc.edu

Don Hausch

Donald Hausch is a professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management. Research interests include auctions, competitive bidding, market efficiency, and the economic design of organizations; teaching interests include managerial economics, the economics of organizations, and game theory.

 

Rebecca Buckman

Assistant Director | rebecca.buckman@wisc.edu

Rebecca Buckman

Rebecca Buckman handles the daily operations of the Bolz Center, and supports students (current and prospective), alumni, and staff. Becky would be happy to answer any questions that you have about the program.

Affiliated Faculty/Staff

The Bolz Center partners with professionals and practitioners to teach and provide curricula to students in the MBA program and undergraduate Compass Program.

Dennis Johnson

Instructor | Board Leadership Class

Dennis Johnson

Dennis is an instructor for the UW Board Leadership class. He is Founder and Managing Partner of Sort Sol Group, LLC, a consulting firm focused on collective impact with practice areas in business modeling, facilitation, governance, leadership, and strategy development. Dennis is also a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource. Active in the community, Dennis’ past board services includes: Wisconsin Nonprofits Association, Out Professional and Executive Network, Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, New Harvest Foundation and Friends Junior Council, and UW Children’s Hospital.

 

Sarah Marty

Instructor | Arts Enterprise Class & Board Leadership Class

Sarah Marty

Sarah Marty is the director of Arts programs at UW-Madison Continuing Studies, teaches arts entrepreneurship, and board leadership for the Wisconsin School of Business, and is a Faculty Affiliate at the UW Arts Institute. A trained musician and stage manager, she is the Producing Artistic Director for Four Seasons Theatre and produces large scale campus events like the UW Varsity Band Show and the 2013 visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Overture Center for the Arts.

 

Kathie Nichols

Program Coordinator | Board Leadership class

Kathie Nichols

Kathie Nichols holds a BA in History and Literature from Binghamton University, and an MBA in Business Economics and Public Policy from George Washington University. Kathie is the Program Coordinator for the UW Board Leadership class. This is a perfect fit for Kathie, as she spends much of her time serving on three nonprofit Boards.

 

Joann Peck

Interim Faculty Director | 2015-16

Joann Peck

Joann Peck is an Associate Professor in the marketing department and the Associate Dean of the undergraduate program at the Wisconsin School of Business. She is excited to be the interim faculty director of the Bolz Center for 2015-16! She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Broadly, her research delves into the psychology around consumer behavior. She has a research focus on haptics (the sense of touch) including product touch and specifically, the individual differences in motivation to touch, product category differences and situations that either encouraged or discouraged pre-purchase touch by consumers.

 

Angela Richardson

Aesthetics and Business Project Coordinator | BBA Compass Program

Angela Richardson

Angela Richardson coordinates arts-based learning activities for WSB students, faculty, and staff. Her primary focus is on introducing the arts and aesthetic development through a leadership program delivered to all BBA students at UW-Madison as part of the Arts Business Initiative.

 

John Surdyk

Instructor | Arts Enterprise Venture Creation

John Surdyk

John Surdyk is the Director of the cross-campus Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship that supports faculty research, curriculum development and programming around entrepreneurship and innovation. He also leads the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and teaches the new Arts Enterprise Venture Creation class. John completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Earth Systems Science and Economics and earned an MBA at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Ben Williams

Instructor | Board Leadership Class

Ben Williams

Ben has over eight years of experience supporting organizational change through strategy development, business modelling and scenario thinking for diverse clients, including startup initiatives, nonprofits, businesses, and multi-sector collaboratives. Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with degrees in marketing, management & human resources and psychology and received his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Applied Learning Partners

Directed arts management practice sets the Bolz Center program apart from the rest of the field. Each arts administration student is matched with a local arts and cultural organization to gain professional part-time paid work and networking experience, which further serves as a competitive advantage when seeking a full-time position upon graduation. These organizations and host staff are vital and engaged partners with the Bolz Center. They help us to inform the work that we do in the classroom and applied learning activities.

Current and recent Applied Learning Partners include:

Academic Policy Committee

The following faculty members provide academic and curricular oversight for the Bolz Center.

  • Prof. Ramon J. Aldag, Management and Human Resources
    Glen A. Skillrud Family Chair in Business
    Executive Director, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Prof. Mark A. Covaleski, Accounting and Information Systems
    Robert Beyer Professor of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Prof. Donald B. Hausch, Operations and Information Management
    Dickson-Bascom Professor of Business