Our Mission: "WAICU: Wisconsin's private nonprofit colleges and
universities working together to advance educational
The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and
Universities (WAICU) is the organization of the twenty-three independent
(or private) institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. Membership is
limited to accredited, nonprofit institutions, headquartered in Wisconsin. The
presidents of these institutions lead WAICU as its board of directors.
All of WAICU's programs are directed to support educational
opportunity. WAICU works collaboratively to:
- Advance the interests and promote the development of
independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin.
- Articulate the values and purposes of independent
higher education and educate the public about these values and purposes.
- Advocate equitable public policy affecting higher
education in Wisconsin and nationally, and cost-effective allocation of
public funds to assure freedom of choice for students in selecting an
institution of higher learning.
- Administer joint ventures, resource sharing, the
exchange of information and scholarship, and mutual consultation and
cooperation among the twenty-three independent colleges and universities
- Assist members in promoting access, affordability, and
- Advance private philanthropy in support of the mission,
its members, and their 60,000 students.
WAICU is recognized in
state statutes (ss. 14.57, 15.377, 15.67, 16.979, 36.31(2m)(a)1, 36.31(2m)(a)3,
38.50, 39.285, 39.437(4)(a), and 115.297) and 2011 Governor's Executive Order
37, 2012 Governor's Executive Order 59, and 2013 Governor's Executive Order 97
as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent)
colleges and universities and their more than 60,000 students.
There are over 25 groups
meeting under the WAICU umbrella. Under the policy guidance of the college
and university presidents, the groups share intellectual capital to advance the
highest standards in professional development, to assure that WAICU projects
and programs are grounded in real-world requirements for excellence in higher
education, and to encourage cooperation and collaboration on campus and among
colleges and universities.
Career Development Directors
Chief Academic Affairs Officers
Chief Student Affairs Officers
Community Engagement Directors
Environmental Health & Safety Directors
Financial Aid Directors
Human Resources Directors
Information Technology Directors
International/Study Abroad Directors
Multicultural Affairs Directors
Public Relations/Marketing Directors
Residence Life Directors
Risk Management/Insurance Managers
Safety and Security Directors
Secretaries/Assistants to Presidents
Student Activities Directors
Student Health Services Directors
Teacher Education Deans/Directors
The WAICU Staff
Rolf Wegenke, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Association
of Independent Colleges and Universities, of the WAICU Educational Technology
Consortium, and of the WAICU Benefits Consortium. Click here for
a full biography
and downloadable picture. Dr. Wegenke can be reached at 608-256-7761, ext.
222, or email@example.com.
Torrie DeVoe is collaborative services coordinator.
Contact Ms. DeVoe at 608-256-7761, ext. 231, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Dutter is educational
services coordinator. Contact Ms. Dutter at 608-256-7761, ext. 238,
Gary Evenson is director of research and analysis. Contact Mr.
Evenson at 608-256-7761, ext. 243, or email@example.com.
Julie Foskett is comptroller. Contact Ms. Foskett at
608-256-7761, ext. 245, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Gerum is director of public affairs. Contact Ms. Gerum at
608-256-7761, ext. 225, or email@example.com.
Suzanne Lidtke is WAICU's director of member services. Her
primary focus is to work with WAICU members and others on WAICU's cost-saving
collaborations, including facilitating participation; implementation and
integration of programs; and monitoring for continuous improvement. You
can reach Ms. Lidtke at 608-256-7761, ext. 230, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Malicki is executive director of the WAICU Benefits
Consortium (WBC), a jointly administered health plan for the faculty and staff
of WAICU member colleges and universities. You may reach Mr. Malicki at
608-256-7761, ext. 228, or email@example.com.
Mark Navarro is director of outreach. His primary focus is on
WAICU Student Access Programming, including college fairs, School Counselor
Workshops, high school "college nights," and Wisconsin Private
College Week. You can reach Mr. Navarro at 608-256-7761, ext.
237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney Opsal is senior vice president for collaborative
services and directs the activities of the WAICU Collaboration Project, which focuses on helping members
control their costs through collaboration on back-office administrative
functions and purchasing. He is also COO of the WAICU Benefits Consortium and
the WAICU Educational Technology Consortium. Contact Mr. Opsal at 608-256-7761,
ext. 226, or email@example.com.
Bill Schultz is executive director of the WAICU Educational
Technology Consortium (WAICU ETC). He is the project manager for
implementation and maintenance of a joint ERP system for participating WAICU
members, including training and business process engineering. Mr. Schultz
can be reached at 608-256-7761, ext. 236, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liza Simon is senior vice president for finance and
operations, including accounting, purchasing, human resources, technology, and
facilities within the WAICU office. Contact Ms. Simon at 608-256-7761,
ext. 229, or email@example.com.
Christine Smith is operations
assistant. Contact Ms. Smith at 608-256-7761, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trone, Ph.D., is senior vice
president for educational services. Contact Dr. Trone at 608-256-7761, ext.
223, or email@example.com.
The WAICU Student Access Center can be reached by calling 1-800-4-DEGREE or by
Wendy Wink is executive vice president. She has primary responsibility
for developing and administering the association's governmental affairs and
public policy programs and serves as the official alternate for Dr. Wegenke on
many boards, councils, committees, and task forces, and as the coordinator for
WAICU's 30 groups. Ms. Wink can be reached at 608-256-7761, ext. 227, or firstname.lastname@example.org.