CALS DDO - Points of Contact - Dean's Leadership Team

This document outlines the points of contact for the dean's leadership team within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Updated November 2020

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


The dean's leadership team is comprised of the dean and associate deans from CALS administrative units and provides administrative leadership for the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station.


Kate VandenBosch, 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 Therese McHenry
Mark Rickenbach, Senior Associate Dean
  • 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
  • Manages the college's administrative team
  • 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
  • Scheduling through Amanda Goetsch
William (Bill) Barker, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
  • Administers, manages, and supervises the college's research enterprise, including the Research Division and the agricultural research stations
  • Serves as associate director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station, including management of USDA formula (capacity) funds
  • 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 Erica Flyte
Carol Hillmer, Associate Dean for Human Resources
  • Oversees the operations of CALS Human Resources
  • Plans, directs, and manages strategic planning initiatives for college human resources functions
  • Develops, recommends, and implements approved policies and procedures, and ensures strategy alignment
  • Serves as the CALS liaison to the campus Office of Human Resources, Benefits Services, and Legal Services
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
  • Serves as liaison between Division of Extension leadership, CALS leadership, and CALS faculty and academic staff who hold Extension appointments
  • Administers budget contracts between the Division of Extension and CALS
  • Coordinates prioritizing and filling faculty and academic staff appointments in CALS that are supported all or in part by Division of Extension funds
  • 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
Angela (Angie) Seitler, Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible for all aspects of the college budget, financial planning, and reporting
  • Responsible for all fund balances and expenditures for the college, including revenue generating accounts, Trust Funds, and Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association accounts
  • Oversees the college's business services, Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES), and post-award financial operations, compliance, and audits
  • Manages the distribution of funds for all college commitments such as start-ups, payouts, Educational Innovation, and summer term
  • Distributes the annual indirect cost return to departments and centers
  • Approves of all new revenue generating activities and Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association financial system access and check requests
Karen Wassarman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Manages the Office of Academic Affairs, including program reviews, curriculum and course development, and assessment for all academic programs in the college
  • Oversees student services (for prospective and current undergraduate, graduate, and Farm and Industry Short Course students), including international education, career services and internships, and scholarships. This also includes services specific to undergraduate students, such as transitional advising and dean on call.
  • Oversees the TA allocations process, Instructional Lab Modernization funding, summer session planning, and college commencement planning
  • Manages the Farm and Industry Short Course program
Heidi Zoerb, Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement
  • Oversees college external relations efforts and stakeholder relations, including government relations and alumni
  • Leads the college communications team and effort, including Grow magazine, press releases, op-ed pieces, and social media accounts
  • Advises the dean on matters related to the college's public interaction and image
  • Serves as the CALS liaison to University Relations

Keywords:college of agricultural and life sciences, dean's office, deans, admin, agriculture, contacts, units, leadership, associate, assistant   Doc ID:96904
Owner:Zoe H.Group:CALS Dean's Office
Created:2020-01-06 15:35 CDTUpdated:2020-12-02 15:49 CDT
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