UW-Green Bay begins search for new leader of Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Dean Doug Hensler to Leave at End of Current Academic Year

GREEN BAY – After serving as the founding dean of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business since 2016, and initiating self-standing changes and new programs in the school, Doug Hensler will complete his role as dean at the end of the current academic year, according to Provost Gregory Davis.

“The faculty and staff in the Cofrin School of Business have been incredibly supportive in advancing the school,” Hensler noted. “They possess high energy and a deep commitment to our students and to the economic development of the region. As the Cofrin School develops further, the new dean will inherit a tremendous group of academics and scholars, along with an enthusiastic and dedicated staff.”

During Hensler’s tenure, the Cofrin School of Business expanded to include programs in supply chain management, business analysis, and entrepreneurship, while entering into several agreements with regional technical colleges to improve the ease of transfer for students pursuing four-year degrees.

“Doug’s leadership has brought the Cofrin School of Business forward in a significant way,” said Davis. “His work, which will be long-lasting, has laid the foundation for new innovative academic programs as well as important relationships in our community. I sincerely thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in future endeavors.”

Chancellor Gary L. Miller added, “I am deeply indebted to my friend and long-time colleague Doug Hensler for agreeing to postpone his retirement to serve as the inaugural dean of the Cofrin School of Business. He brought a wealth of experience to the position and has done an exceptional job orienting that important school onto a trajectory for success. Georgia and I will miss Doug and Janie and we wish them the very best.”

Davis noted that a national search for Hensler’s replacement is being planned. The Dean of the Cofrin School of Business provides academic and administrative leadership and oversight for all Cofrin School of Business programs, including business administration — UW-Green Bay’s highest enrolled major.

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