Tag: University Advancement

Search begins for Advancement/Foundation position

Monday, Aug 31, is the priority deadline for applications to become the University’s Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, which carries dual appointment as President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. The search and screen committee is co-chaired by Sheryl Van Gruensven, interim vice chancellor for business and finance, and Tim Weyenberg, the Cofrin School of Business executive in residence. The committee is seeking candidates to succeed Jeanne Stangel, who left the University in July. For the full posting, see HR online.

Stangel accepts new appointment with Notre Dame Academy

jeanne-copy-webJeanne Stangel, a longtime UW-Green Bay administrator with experience in fundraising and intercollegiate athletics, will be leaving the University to accept a newly created position with Notre Dame de La Baie Academy in Green Bay.

Stangel starts Aug. 3 as Notre Dame’s vice president for institutional advancement. She will direct fundraising, strategic initiatives and communication, and serve additionally as the Roman Catholic high school’s director of athletics.

“I am thrilled and excited by this opportunity,” Stangel said. “NDA is very well respected in this community and exemplifies the highest standards in helping its students excel in faith, academics, athletics and extracurricular development.”

At UW-Green Bay, Stangel serves as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. A member of the institution’s executive team, she oversees the University’s fundraising, alumni, marketing and communication functions.

“Jeanne Stangel has been a wonderful ambassador for UWGB,” commented Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “What she has accomplished — in terms of rallying community and alumni support for student scholarships, academic enhancements and campus facilities — has made a tangible difference in the lives of our students. We extend our great appreciation to her for all she has done, and wish her the best as she accepts this new challenge. It has been a great honor to work with her. She is a great professional.”

A native of the Algoma area and a 1987 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s Business Administration program, Stangel has held a variety of positions with the University over 25 years as a student, administrator and advocate.

Stangel joined the University Advancement staff in early 2012, moving over from Intercollegiate Athletics, where she was associate athletics director, senior women’s athletics administrator and director of the Phoenix Fund, the fundraising arm of UW-Green Bay Athletics. In previous stints with the University, she had served as director of government and community relations, special assistant to the chancellor, and assistant athletics director.

Her private-sector experience includes marketing and management positions with IBM in Wausau and The An-Ser Service, Medalcraft Mint and TufcoTechnologies, Inc., of Green Bay. She was a member of the executive leadership team and senior manager of customer services and corporate relations for Tufco, a publically traded company, from 2002-2006.

Stangel was inducted in 1993 as a charter member of the UW-Green Bay Athletics Hall of Fame. A native of the Algoma area, she played from 1984-87 and as Jeanne Barta still ranks first and third, respectively, on the all-time Phoenix women’s basketball rebounding and scoring lists.

WPS joins in celebrating UW-Green Bay’s 50th


Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has donated $5,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to help underwrite special events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding in 1965.

Posing as part of a check-presentation meeting on campus in late June were, from left, Shannon Badura of the University Advancement staff; Karmen Lemke, manager of community relations for WPS; Dan Spielmann, special assistant to the chancellor; and Ron Antonneau, director of governmental affairs for WPS.

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and Integrys Energy have a longstanding history of support for UW-Green Bay. WPS, its foundation and various executives over the years have been strong sponsors of student scholarships,  faculty and student research, the solar “extras” that made made Mary Ann Cofrin Hall a national showcase for energy-efficient technology, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and various ongoing programs.

UW-Green Bay is planning to celebrate 50 years of excellence with events and activities throughout the 2015-16 academic year including a major alumni reunion.




Desotell departs for position leading GRACE Catholic schools

Kim Desotell, the former Phuture Phoenix director and more recently the University’s director of development within University Advancement, has left campus for a new challenge. Desotell will head up GRACE — the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system — beginning July 7. Desotell told the Green Bay Press-Gazette she is a practicing Catholic, has a daughter attending a GRACE school, and will rely on her educational background to help inform her work as superintendent for a district with about 2,200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at 10 schools. Prior to her arrival at UW-Green Bay in 2007, Desotell worked as an elementary school teacher, principal, technology and training specialist and consultant. See the full P-G story.

The Schobers: Couple gives for community — and for mom

top-schobersTom Schober and Suzan Schober Murray have plenty of reasons to give back to UW-Green Bay.

For one, the bayshore campus is practically in their front yard. For another, Suzan is a master’s grad and Tom spent a dozen years on the University’s Founders Association Board of Directors. They love on-campus activities and are keenly aware of UW-Green Bay’s impact in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Still, their motivations run deeper than that. For Tom, it’s knowing their gift might help a student have opportunities his own mother did not.

“My mother had to drop out of college after her first year,” he said, “because my grandfather said, ‘well, one year is enough’ — this was back in the mid ‘30s — and I think she felt intimidated by some of her friends all her life.

“And I just would hate to see somebody have to drop out of school just because they didn’t have enough money to pay the tuition for a semester, or something like that. So that’s kind of what we hope we’re able to do.”

The pair is doing so through the Schober Family Endowed Scholarship for Business, established in 2013. The scholarship benefits students enrolled in the Cofrin School of Business who are majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.

“It’s very gratifying to know we are supporting future professionals in the field of business and human resources,” Suzan said. “I also think there’s a return to the community, if these students stay local, to support their goals and vision — and maybe a business’s goals and vision. It’s a gift that will keep giving. There’s good return on that. It’s an investment.”

UW-Green Bay — and indeed the larger higher education landscape — is different than it once was, Tom added.

“The school has changed over the years,” he said. “The student body is larger, and the people that go here, a lot of them are first-generation college students. I know they need the help — the costs of education are just going right through the roof. So we thought that would be a good way to try to help somebody out.”

It’s that help, they hope, that will make a difference now — and well into the future.

UW-Green Bay hires McKenna for new position in University Advancement

geno-mckenna-smallThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has added Geno McKenna of Green Bay to fill a newly structured position in the Office of University Advancement.

McKenna will join the staff Dec. 29 as Assistant for Community Engagement, Stewardship and Event Planning.

In announcing the appointment, Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel said McKenna will be responsible for being a liaison to key constituencies and directing dozens of donor and community events annually. He will work closely with the Chancellor’s Office and leaders across campus as well as with colleagues in University Advancement.

The designation of a single person as event coordinator, Stangel said, reflects UW-Green Bay’s ever-expanding emphasis on stewardship, fundraising and community engagement.

“This position carries a tremendous amount of responsibility in terms of connecting with the community and also showcasing the tremendous talent of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Stangel said. “Geno is a highly qualified professional with extensive stewardship, event planning and fundraising skills.”

McKenna brings to the position more than 20 years of private-sector management experience. He was previously the director of meetings and incentives for American Medical Security and a recruiting sales manager for Schneider National, both of Green Bay. Earlier, he worked in the hospitality industry as national sales manager for Hilton’s Drake Hotel in Chicago, and as director of reservation sales for Omni Hotels in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas.

More recently, McKenna has owned and operated Geno McKenna & Associates LLC, his own corporate meeting and incentive planning agency, since 2006.

A graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, McKenna is active in the community. He serves as a member of the Resurrection Parish Site Advisory Council, and is a former board member, president, co-chair and secretary of the annual Celebrate De Pere festival.

UW-Green Bay’s Desotell named Director of Development

Kimberly Desotell

Kimberly Desotell

A longtime educator who has been the head of UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program since 2007 has been named the University’s next Director of Development.

Kimberly Desotell will begin her new duties Wednesday, Aug. 27. Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement Jeanne Stangel announced the appointment today (Monday, Aug. 11) following the conclusion of a national search.

Desotell currently serves as director of UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, and also serves as coordinator for UW-Green Bay’s Professional Development Certificate Program. Phuture Phoenix partners with schools with high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Under her leadership, the program has grown tremendously to include more tutoring, mentoring and relationship-building opportunities for area youngsters. To date, it has served more than 12,000 students, and has been replicated at Western Washington University (Bellingham, Wash.), UW-Eau Claire and Silver Lake College (Manitowoc).

“Through her experience and leadership with Phuture Phoenix, Kim has established meaningful relationships with UW-Green Bay students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the broader community,” Stangel said. “Her strong background in education and exceptional donor stewardship skills, coupled with her energy and clear passion for this institution, will position Kim for success in this critical role. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

Desotell’s responsibilities will include a lead role in pursuing major gifts on behalf of the University, alumni giving, planned giving, prospect and donor analysis, gift and donor stewardship, and supervision of alumni, donor relations and annual giving. She will also assist in shaping the Advancement Division’s comprehensive development plan and serve a major role in helping attain the University’s campaign goals and initiatives.

Desotell earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Mary’s College (Ind.) and her master’s degree in administration and instructional leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in administrative leadership and urban education at UW-Milwaukee. Desotell was a classroom teacher for 12 years and a middle school principal for six, fostering educational interests that include leadership, teacher development, mentoring and instructional leadership. Forging relationships between K-12 and postsecondary education has remained a priority for Desotell as she has embraced leadership, fundraising, educational and other roles as director of Phuture Phoenix. She has a lengthy record of institutional service at UW-Green Bay.

In the community, Desotell serves on the Brown County New North Educational Attainment Committee; Notre Dame Academy Curriculum and Student Life Committee; Brown County United Way Children and Families Workgroup; Brown County United Way Education Outcomes Panel and St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Council. Her prior community involvement has included work with the St. Norbert College Collaboration of Teacher Educators’ Advisory Council; Scholarships, Inc. Green Bay; and Green Bay Area Public Schools Promise Neighborhoods Committee. She is a member of several professional organizations.

Desotell succeeds Jeanne Stangel, who in April was promoted to the position of Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement. Stangel had held the assistant chancellor position on an interim basis since the departure of Beverly Carmichael in July 2013.


Fourth development director finalist will make presentation Tuesday

A public presentation and Q&A with Brent Roubal, the fourth and final finalist for the position of development director in the University Advancement division, is scheduled for 2:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5) in Phoenix Room A. The session is open to the public. Roubal is vice president of communication and development for Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, and a former United Way and UW-Green Bay staff member and fundraiser. The UW-Green Bay position is the top fundraising job reporting to Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel.

Third development director finalist will make presentation Wednesday

A public presentation and Q&A with Kim Desotell, the third of five finalists for the position of development director in the University Advancement division, is scheduled for 2:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (July 28) in the special events room of the Kress Events Center. The session is open to the public. Desotell currently serves as coordinator of the Professional Development Certificate Program at UW-Green Bay. The UW-Green Bay position is the top fundraising job reporting to Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel.

Second development director finalist will make presentation Monday

A public presentation and Q&A with Tanessa Klug, the second of five finalists for the position of development director in the University Advancement division, is scheduled for 3 to 3:30 p.m. Monday (July 28) in the special events room of the Kress Events Center. The session is open to the public. Klug is the director of development for the CP Center of Northeast Wisconsin. The UW-Green Bay position is the top fundraising job reporting to Assistant Chancellor Jeanne Stangel.