CALS DDO - Points of Contact - Office of the Dean and Director

This document outlines the points of contact for the Office of the Dean and Director within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Updated November 2021

For more detailed information about this series of documents, please return to the CALS DDO - Points of Contact - Overview.


The Office of the Dean and Director provides overall administrative leadership and support for the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. 


Glenda Gillaspy, Dean and Director
  • Supports and promotes the college's educational, research, service, Extension/outreach, and economic development activities
  • Leads college strategic planning and priority alignment efforts
  • Directs the college's fundraising campaign
  • Advocates and serves as liaison to campus leadership and other deans on issues that have impacts in the college and beyond
  • Chairs the CALS Academic Planning Council and CALS department chair meetings
  • Scheduling through Tara Darga
Mark Rickenbach, Senior Associate Dean and Interim Associate Dean for Research
  • Serves as primary point of contact for departments and UW-Madison administrative units on faculty matters
  • Manages all activities related to CALS faculty, including hiring, probation, leave, salary adjustments, professorships, and post-tenure activities
  • Works with the dean on policy issues, long-range strategic planning, and change management
  • Leads climate, diversity, and inclusion efforts to include recruitment and retention for faculty and staff, and climate and equity initiatives
  • Provides oversight for facilities, planning, health and safety, and international programs in the college
  • Serves as ex-officio on the CALS Global Committee, Committee on Academic Staff Issues, and Equity and Diversity Committee
  • Administers, manages, and supervises the college's research enterprise, including the Research Division and the agricultural research stations
  • Oversees compliance and assurance with funding agencies
  • Oversees animal care and use, biosafety, intellectual property, invention disclosures, and the responsible conduct of research within CALS
  • Scheduling through Katie Datka
Douglas Reinemann, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
  • Provides leadership for the organization, content, and effectiveness of Outreach and Extension activities in the college to ensure that these activities are timely and integral to Wisconsin
  • Coordinates collaborations between CALS and the Native Nations of Wisconsin
  • Oversees activities of Extension funded CALS centers
  • Serves as liaison between Division of Extension leadership, CALS leadership, and CALS faculty and academic staff who are funded all or in part by the Division Extension 
  • Administers budget contracts between the Division of Extension and CALS
  • Coordinates prioritizing and filling faculty and academic staff appointments in CALS that are funded all or in part by Division of Extension 
  • Promotes synergies between outreach activities in CALS and other colleges and responds to stakeholder questions about and requests for outreach activities
  • Scheduling through Erica Flyte

Tara Darga, Executive Assistant II

  • Primary point of contact for Glenda Gillaspy, including scheduling and correspondence
  • Coordinates parking for college employees
  • College chair of the Partners in Giving campaign
  • Serves as Ag Hall maintenance point of contact
  • Provides Dean & Directors office support
Erica Flyte, Executive Assistant
  • Primary point of contact for Doug Reinemann, Louis Macias and Heidi Zoerb, including scheduling and correspondence
  • Provides support for the Agricultural Research Stations Committee, the Research Advisory Committee, and the CALS Extension Consultative Committee
  • Provides administrative support for the CALS Office of Extension and Outreach
  • Maintains graduate program director/coordinator email lists and provides support for graduate program director meetings
Katie Datka, Executive Assistant
  • Primary point of contact for Mark Rickenbach, including scheduling and correspondence
  • Assists with department emergency plans and facility issues
  • Assists with alcohol permit policy questions
Muhamed Sadiku, Executive Assistant
  • Primary point of contact for Angela Seitler and Karen Wassarman, including scheduling and correspondence
  • Provides support for the Committee on Academic Staff Issues and department administrator meetings
  • Provides support for the CALS Academic Planning Council
Doug Sabatke, Facilities Director
  • Responsible for the budget, planning, and development of CALS facilities and remodeling projects
  • Provides oversight of construction projects on the CALS campus and at the agricultural research stations
  • Serves as the CALS liaison to campus and the state for building projects and space management
  • Serves as the college's lead health and safety officer
  • Leads the development of emergency planning procedures for college units
Vacant, Safety Coordinator
  • Assists departments and agricultural research stations to facilitate safety and health programs
  • Acts as safety and health resource for the college
  • Maintains strong safety culture and ensures compliance with applicable regulations and policies 

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Owner:Tara D.Group:CALS Dean's Office
Created:2020-11-19 09:43 CSTUpdated:2022-11-11 10:20 CST
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