SBDC’s Trombley named director of Adult Degree Programs at UW-Green Bay

Christina Trombley, director of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has been named the University’s new director of Adult Degree Programs, effective July 1.

Trombley’s hire follows a national search that yielded four highly qualified finalists, said Steve VandenAvond, associate provost for Outreach and Adult Access. Trombley replaces Zach Voelz, who left the University in March to become vice president for the Kellett School of Adult Education at Lakeland College of Sheboygan.

“We are thrilled to welcome Christina into her new role as director of the Adult Degree Programs, at this critical time when adult education continues to rapidly expand and evolve at UW-Green Bay,” VandenAvond said. “Christina’s business acumen — evidenced by her success in running the Small Business Development Center — combined with her strong connection to the business community, personal commitment to continuing education and proven leadership abilities, makes her a perfect fit for this position.”

Trombley has held her current position since 2006, providing leadership, strategic direction and administrative management for the SBDC and the five-partner Advance Business & Manufacturing Center. Under her leadership, the number of clients served has grown by 109 percent, more than 45 clients have started new businesses and more than $12 million in capital infusion has been provided to SBDC clients.

Trombley holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from UW-Eau Claire and a Master of Business Administration degree from UW-La Crosse, and currently is completing the Ph.D. program in Urban Education at UW-Milwaukee. During her time as SBDC director, Trombley has administered hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, and throughout her career she has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards. In 2010, Trombley was named one of the 25 “People You Should Know” by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 she was a finalist for the La Crosse Tribune’s Person of the Year honor.

In her new role, Trombley will be responsible for the academic planning, administrative management and leadership of UW-Green Bay’s office of Adult Degree Programs, which offers fully accredited University of Wisconsin associate and bachelor’s degrees to more than 900 nontraditional adult learners throughout Wisconsin and the U.S. She will promote and support the philosophy and mission of Adult Degree Programs, UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access and university-wide initiatives related to the nontraditional student experience. More information about UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Programs is available at their website.


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