A New Leader: Dean Diane Hoadley

A New Leader: Dean Diane Hoadley

By Karen Boosalis, Vanessa Jalowitz, Melissa Opitz, and Siera Schenck

This fall, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire welcomed a new leader to the College of Business, Dean Diane Hoadley. She is an excellent addition to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, bringing in 28 years of experience, strong commitment to higher public education, and a positive outlook for the College of Business.

Dean Hoadley had two main reasons for choosing the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. First, she believes that the UWEC College of Business is a strong institution, is well organized, has strong departments, and is a great place to work. Second, she has personal reasons to come here. The Dean currently has a daughter in Minnesota and extended family in both Illinois and South Dakota.

As someone who was raised in a middle class family, she understands the value of education and the importance of receiving the best education for the lowest cost.

Dean Hoadley enjoys the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as she is a firm believer in higher public education. She stated that, “[education] is an investment, not a cost” meaning that money spent on an education is an investment that will produce future returns, and the cost alone does not determine quality.

Being the Dean of the College of Business is a demanding job and Dean Hoadley has had to take on many new responsibilities. The Dean is essentially the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College of Business, which requires a wide variety of tasks. She states “I do lots of writing, listening, and talking!” On the business side of the spectrum, Dean Hoadley is responsible for maintaining the budget and accreditation of the College of Business, engaging the college in the overall mission, and helping to achieve that mission. Her day-to-day duties consist of attending many meetings and communicating with people within the College of Business, as well as outside of the college. 

As the Dean, she trusts and has confidence that the faculty members are doing the job they are hired to do. In order for the College of Business to succeed as a whole, “faculty need to be able to engage their students in the learning process, stay current in their fields, and work together to advance the programs within the College,” stated Dean Hoadley. She brings long-term visions for the College of Business’s future success. These visions include:

  • Maintaining strong programs
  • Remaining up-to-date on cutting edge technology
  • Allowing students access to resources to achieve learning goals
  • Increasing faculty numbers in order to satisfy student demand for classes
  • Keeping faculty engaged in research activities in their profession
  • Preserving past relationships the former Dean created

Dean Hoadley received her bachelor’s, master’s, and juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and was formerly the dean of the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.


Karen Boosalis Vanessa Jalowitz Melissa Opitz Siera Schenck

From left to right: Karen Boosalis is a senior management major from Maple Grove, MN; Vanessa Jalowitz is a senior management major from Hayward, WI; Melissa Opitz is a senior marketing major from Saukville, WI; and Siera Schenck is a senior finance and management major from Sun Prairie, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.

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