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College of Business Dean Diane Hoadley announces retirement

Diane Hoadley, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's College of Business, has announced she will retire June 30.

Hoadley has led the College of Business since fall 2010. Under her leadership, the college:

  • Formalized its mission, vision statement and learning goals and encouraged faculty and staff to continually examine and improve the college’s curriculum, delivery systems, and policies and procedures.
  • Reaffirmed its accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for its campus undergraduate and graduate programs, and achieved AACSB accreditation for the UW Consortium online MBA program.
  • Created the Center for Advising, Development and Enrichment, a collegewide advising center for business students that is staffed with professional academic advisers.
  • Created the college’s first Student Advisory Council composed of student leaders from the college’s student organizations.
  • Secured funding to support student participation in competitions held across the U.S. and Canada (more than 150 students participated in competitions in 2015-16).
  • Re-energized — in collaboration with the area business community — its entrepreneur program.
  • Consistently maintained and often increased enrollments in its academic programs.

"Dean Hoadley has been a tireless advocate for the College of Business and its programs for the past six years," said Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "I am grateful for Diane’s significant contributions as a university citizen, for her service beyond campus to several community organizations, and for her leadership and mentoring of others in leadership roles on campus.  I too have appreciated and will miss her reasoned professional insight and wise counsel."

Hoadley, who also served on the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement boards of directors during her tenure at UW-Eau Claire, plans to remain in Eau Claire following her retirement.

"My husband and I are excited about remaining in Eau Claire and becoming more active in the community," Hoadley said. "My position at UW-Eau Claire brought us here, and as we've gotten to know the community and seen all of the things happening here, we're looking forward to staying here and being a part of it."

Before her position at UW-Eau Claire, Hoadley served for eight years as the dean of the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Previously, she held faculty and administrative positions at the University of South Dakota, where she was an associate professor of business law. At USD, Hoadley also served as director of two graduate programs and was associate dean and interim dean of the Beacom School of Business. Hoadley received her bachelor's, master's and juris doctor degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.