Biography

Born:  Logansport, Indiana

University degrees: 

  • B.A. University of Notre Dame (IN) 1965
    M.A. (History), ’67;   M.A. (Ed), ’79;   Ph.D. (History), ’80; Ball State University (IN)

Post-doctoral graduate studies: 

  • Harvard University: Graduate School of Education – Boston, 1992 and 1986
    Freie Universitat - Berlin, 1991 – Bush Foundation Grant for Study Abroad
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Center for International Studies, Sloan Fellowship; Boston, 1989
    University of Wisconsin: Center for International and Security Studies – Madison, 1988

Work Experience: 

  • Viterbo University (WI) -- Chancellor Emeritus, 2009-
    Catholic Charities (LAX) -- Development Director, 2009-2011
    Viterbo University (WI) --Chancellor, 2006–2008
    Viterbo University (WI)  --  President and Professor of History, 1991- 2006
    St. Mary’s University (MN)  -- Provost and Associate Professor, 1986-1991                            
    Marymount College (KS)  --  Academic Dean, 1981-1985
    Springfield College (IL)  --  Dean of the College, 1980-1981
    Ball State University (IN) --  Graduate Fellow in History, 1977-1980
    Wilson Foods (IN)  --  Plant Operations Supervisor, 1976-1977
    Watson-Jenkins, Inc. (IN)  --  Operations Manager, 1975-1976
    Saint Louis University (MO)  --  Assistant Academic Dean, 1971-1975
    Ball State University (IN)  --  History Instructor / Curricular Advisor, 1970-1971
    Donnelly College (KS)  --  History / Philosophy Instructor, 1967-1970

Author: 

  • Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963: Needless or Necessary? – Hardback
    Numerous articles and monographs on history / higher education
    Former editor of two academic journals
    VISION 2005: A Renaissance for Living and Learning (Strategic Plan)
    The University of Opportunity (Strategic Plan) with Ph.D. in Ethical Leadership

Boards of Directors: 

  • Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (founding director)
    Board of Directors – Amie L. Mathy Center (founding director)
    Franciscan Skemp Community Board
    Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce (treasurer)
    La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium (founding director)
    Viterbo University Board of Trustees (ex officio)
    Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges (treasurer)
    Diocese of La Crosse – Education Commission, Chair

Professional Organizations: 

  • Phi Delta Kappa (Education); Phi Alpha Theta (History)
    American Historical Association
    Organization of American Historians
    National Council of Independent Colleges
    National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
    La Crosse Downtown Rotary  /  Knights of Columbus
     
    Some Milestones at Viterbo: 

  • Thirteen years of record enrollment at graduate and/or undergraduate levels
    Initiated graduate degrees in: Business, Nursing, Servant Leadership, Educational Leadership and significantly expanded M.A. in Education                                              
    Initiated undergraduate programs in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Music Theatre, Technology Education and expanded Adult Education programs as well as “online” programs
    Created a new governance system and created five academic schools within Viterbo
    VISION 2005 ($44 M enhancements) Capital projects:  Reinhart Center for Ethics, Science and Technology; Rose Terrace Student Apartments; Outdoor Athletic Complex; Physical Plant Building; V- Hawk and Viterbo Student Courts; and Mathy Center for Recreation and Education.  Rennovation and computerization of entire campus
    Transformed Viterbo from college to university (2000)
    Current record enrollment: 2,692 up from 1,170 in 1991 (130%)
    Full-time undergraduate enrollment:  1,495 up from 753 in 1991 (99%)
    Graduate fall enrollment: 768 up from 48 in 1991 (1500%)
    Total undergraduate degrees: 364 up from 135 in 1991 (170%)
    Total graduate degrees: 508 up from 41 in 1991 (1140%)
    Total degrees: 872 up from 186 in 1991 (369%)
    Budget: $35.9 M up from $8.9 in 1991 (400%) 
    Endowment: $16M up from $2.7M in 19991 (490%)
    Unduplicated B.A. and M.A. student count in prior 12 months: approximately 10,000
    Of 12,000 Viterbo living alumni, 2/3 have attended Viterbo during presidency
     
    Recent Recognitions: 

  • 2002 Exemplar of Mission Award from Viterbo University – 5/3/02
    2004 FSPA Christian Mission Award (Viterbo) for Ethics Institute – 10/22/04
    2004 LADCO Triangle of Achievement Award – 7/21/04
    2004 Honorary Chair, American Cancer Society’s Tri-College Relay for Life – 4/3/04
    2003 La Crosse Tribune Person of the Year – 1/1/04
    2003 Iverson-Freking Ecumenical Award – 1/15/03
    2004 Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award – 3/7/05
    2005 Boys & Girls Clubs National Man and Youth Award -- 5/19/05
    2006 Community Service Award for La Crosse Area Chamber
    2011 "In My Name" Award Diocese of La Crosse Catholic Charities
    Scholarships named:  Tribune Extra Effort / William Medland Scholarships – 11/20/05
    Viterbo Trustees:  William Medland Scholarship Endowment ($300,000) – 12/12/05
    Viterbo Faculty: Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa - Viterbo University – 12/17/05