Former Naval Postgraduate School Provost to Lead Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis. — Douglas A. Hensler, Ph.D., former Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, has been named Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment today.

“I am delighted and extremely excited about the extensive academic and leadership achievements that Dr. Hensler brings to UW‑Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business,” said UW‑Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “His experience at leading in times of change, his experience as an entrepreneur and business leader and his extensive experience as an innovative university leader will be key as we work to advance the School and the University in the months and years ahead.”

Douglas Hensler

Douglas Hensler

Dr. Hensler will also serve as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Business Partnerships. In that role he will organize university efforts to develop and grow collaborations to support student learning and faculty research.

As the Dean of the Cofrin School of Business, Hensler will provide academic and administrative leadership and oversight for all Cofrin School of Business programs: including business administration — UW‑Green Bay’s highest enrolled major — accounting and the Master’s in Management graduate program.

Hensler will lead the Cofrin School of Business through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process. He will manage expected growth as the school aligns with key economic and business sectors in Northeast Wisconsin. And he will develop a vigorous program of external networking opportunities with business including establishing partnerships to connect the Cofrin School of Business to the local and regional economy.

Hensler served as Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School from June 2013 to October 2015. He is an accomplished leader with deep ties to education, government and the global business community. At the Naval Postgraduate School, he was responsible for the masters and doctoral education programs to military and civilian students; continuing education programs for executives and leadership — both military and civilian and administered $120 million in research programs.

Prior to the Naval Postgraduate School, Hensler served at Wichita State University as Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business — a leading business school in Kansas with a history of placing students in international businesses, innovative organizations and state-of-the-art industries. While at Wichita State, Doug led organizational changes that streamlined the Barton School’s ability to respond to students and companies, and collaboration initiatives with other colleges and schools at WSU. At WSU he led the successful review of AACSB accreditation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Business Coalition for Health Care, the UK-based GSE Research advisory board, and several editorial boards.

Hensler holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Portland and a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.

“In Doug Hensler, you are getting an internationally known, thoughtful business leader and an academic scholar who will bring entrepreneurial ideas and global connections to UW‑Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business,” said Ravi Pendse, Ph.D. Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brown University. “He will be a great resource for the University and an amazing advocate for the business school.”

UW‑Green Bay Professor John Katers was named founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology in April. In June, Susan Gallagher-Lepak was appointed as the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, and in mid-July, Scott Furlong was named Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Hensler’s appointment is the last in the University’s efforts to reorganize its administrative model to a four college approach to better align with the needs of the region.

About the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

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