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November 30, 2009

Jackson Retired as COB Dean’s Assistant

Nancy Jackson, the dean’s assistant in the College of Business, retired October 28, 2009, ending her 46-year career with the university by retiring on the day she was first hired.

Jackson began her career at Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire in 1963 as a Steno I in two part-time positions. In the morning, she worked for Psychology, Art, Physical Education, and Special Education, and in the afternoon she worked for the Music Department. Her office was in the Dulany Mansion, which is now the site of the Hibbard parking lot.

In 1965, Jackson was reclassified to a Steno II full-time position in the Psychology Department. In 1967, she took the state exam for a Steno III position and began working for new School of Business located in the new Schneider Social Science building. Jackson’s position was reclassified three times while she worked for the business school: in March 1974, she was reclassified to Administrative Secretary I, in 1991 she was reclassified to a Program Assistant 3, and in May 2002, she was reclassified as a Dean’s Assistant.

Jackson has been a part of every major event in the business school since 1967. She was secretary for three deans: Dr. Norman Olson, Dr. James Wenner and Dr. V. Thomas Dock. She managed student records from 1967 until the mid 1980s when that responsibility was shifted to Chris Gessner. Jackson prepared meeting agendas and took minutes in short-hand for every college meeting since 1967, and every Business Advisory Council meeting since 1988. In 1979, Jackson typed the business school’s first AACSB self-study, a 1,000 plus page document which she typed on an IBM Selectric.

Congratulations, Nancy, on your retirement. The College of Business faculty and staff wish you all the best.

If you would like to send congratulations or well-wishes to Nancy, the College of Business is collecting cards in Schneider Hall 119, or you may e-mail a message to

Source: Classified Clips, February 2004

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