President Daniels announces Charles McDowell's retirement

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

I would like to announce that Charles (Chuck) McDowell, vice president of Human Resources will be resigning (retiring) from Madison College this summer. His last official day at the college will be Monday, July 18. Chuck has been in the position of vice president for over 5 years. Under Chuck’s leadership, HR has stabilized, a new HRIS system (Workday) has been implemented, and the HR division has been reorganized with the objective of better serving the varied Schools and divisions of Madison College. Chuck also played a major leadership role in the development of the Employee Handbook as well as actively participating in the Shared Governance processes. Further, Chuck has been a strong advocate for diversity and community-college involvement and partnerships. Please join me in recognizing Chuck for his many achievements and leadership and wish him well in his future endeavors.  

Jack E. Daniels, III Ph.D. 


Published June 8, 2016.

Mark Thomas announces new personnel changes

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Laurie Grigg has joined Madison College as our new controller. Laurie brings us 22 years of increasingly responsible experience from University of Wisconsin Colleges system office. She was first as an accountant, assistant controller and then director of Business Services for 16 years. She brings with her a wealth of higher education-specific finance, accounting and administrative experience that the college is truly fortunate to have. 

I am also pleased to announce the promotion of Barbara Maguire to purchasing manager. Barbara joined Madison College six years ago, and since then has held the position of purchasing analyst, including various interim periods where the purchasing manager position was vacant and Barbara went to great lengths to ensure there were no operational gaps. She was instrumental in managing the purchasing aspects of the Workday implementation, and since then implementation has led the college’s purchasing trainings for Workday users. 

Please join me in welcoming Laurie and congratulating Barbara! 

Mark Thomas

Vice President, Administrative Services

Published June 6, 2016.

President Daniels introduces James Falco

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

I would like to announce the appointment of James Falco as the new dean of the Northern Region. Mr. Falco comes to us from McHenry County College in Illinois where he is currently the executive dean of Education, Career and Technical Education. Prior to that, he was director of Educational Programs and Planning, and held several administrative positions with National-Louis University. He will join the College on Monday, June 27. Please join me in welcoming James to Madison College and the Northern Region. 

Jack E. Daniels, III Ph.D. 


Published June 3, 2016. Updated June 6, 2016.

Dr. Daniels announces new personnel changes

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

I would like to announce two personnel changes:

As you are aware, Ellen Hustad is retiring as of Friday, June 3. I selected Kristin Rolling, and she accepted, to serve as the next Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees. Kristin joined Madison College today and will work with Ellen the last two weeks of May. Kristin comes to us from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation where she performed similar responsibilities. I would like to thank the search committee for their work in identifying three excellent finalists from an initial pool of over 100 applicants.

Terry Webb is retiring as of June 30. I have selected Dr. Turina Bakken, and she has accepted, to serve as the next Madison College Provost effective July 1, 2016. Turina was selected after a national search, intense interviews, and a review of comments from the forums conducted earlier this month. I would like to thank the search committee for their outstanding work in identifying three excellent finalists from an initial pool of 33 applicants.

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Kristin and Turina.

Jack Daniels, III Ph.D.


Published May 18, 2016. Updated June 3, 2016.

Construction update: apprentices at work

What's new? 

Madison College and Findorff have been working together to give students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience. Sewa Mensah, a student in the Construction and Remodeling program at Madison College, has recently joined Findorff as an apprentice carpenter. In his home country, Togo, West Africa, he helped build houses and worked on other small construction projects. He has been a great addition to the culinary project team.

Madison College's Construction and Remodeling program offers a one-year certificate that includes classroom time and hands-on training. This program offers both day and night classes. 

The past weeks

  • TRiO carpet had been installed and furniture is scheduled for delivery 
  • Bakery and culinary walk-in-cooler installation continues
  • Culinary skills lab ceramic wall and floor tiles have been installed

Coming up in the weeks ahead

  • Night crews will demolish the terrazzo flooring in the main corridor
  • Tile walls and floors will be installed in the bakery
  • Steel will be installed to support the new over-head doors
  • Site work on the new parking lot and drop-off lanes will continue

Published May 16, 2016.

Construction update: night work

For the next two to three weeks, a construction crew will be working from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in addition to the normal daytime crews. This crew will continue working on the the terrazzo demolition past the book store. The crew plans to pour the floor back on Saturday, May 21.  Signage related to the corridor closure will be provided while the concrete is poured.

In addition to the terrazzo demolition, they will also be working on a demolition of soffits in spaces outside of the construction zone in preparation for the upcoming mechanical tie-ins. Temporary signage and barriers will be provided as needed.


Published May 16, 2016.

New Metro Campuses announcement from Dr. Daniels

Faculty, Staff and Students:

Last Wednesday, the District Board was presented with another potential watershed moment and they courageously and unanimously voted in the affirmative for the following recommendations:

Recommendation 1:

The District Board shall authorize the College to issue a request for proposals (RFP) within existing regulations and with appropriate contingencies, for a lease with a minimum term of 50 years targeted to commence July 1, 2018. Annual proceeds from the lease will be deposited into the College District’s General Fund and annually budgeted as expenditures.


Recommendation 2:

The District Board shall authorize the College to enter into negotiations to expand the current Villager Mall facility for a minimum period of 2 years (July 2017 through June 2019) with the option for additional one-year terms on the lease of the facility.

The District Board shall also authorize the College to identify and negotiate terms for a purchased or leased facility in South Madison that meets the instructional and student support needs previously identified by the College. The College shall also identify the associated financial resources for such a facility.

This is an opportunity to extend our leadership role in the community by enhancing our commitment to address the educational and training needs of many underserved individuals. This is an opportunity to further our vision focusing on accessible and affordable education that meets the evolving needs of our diverse communities. This is an opportunity to embrace our mission and provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning and success within our communities.

Change is absolutely difficult; creating futures is exciting.

Over the past two years we have debated various issues, interests and positions related to the metro campuses. The main issues throughout these discussions have focused on how we best meet our mission, and where. And … how we can sustain what we do. Last Wednesday I indicated that we are starting a process to implement the recommendations – it is not the end of the process. Someone made the statement at the May 4 meeting that there was a perception that the downtown faculty did not care about underserved students. I strongly believe that perception is erroneous, and I support their efforts in teaching and providing service to the highest possible standards as the faculty and staff at DTEC do daily. As we move through this process over the coming months, I personally ask that DTEC faculty and staff participate critically in those processes.

The first step in navigating our futures is to meet with our College Assembly and faculty and staff at DTEC, South and Truax the week of May 16th to talk about the processes that will be developed as the outcomes from the recommendations are realized.  

The following is a schedule of those meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. located at the College Assembly, Truax Room B3253
  • Monday, May 16, at 1 p.m. located at the DTEC, Room D240
  • Monday, May 16, at 3 p.m. located at the South Campus, Room SM148
  • Tuesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. located at the Truax Campus in the Administration Building Board Room

We are entering a new time when our active leadership in the communities we serve will be essential in addressing underserved needs, addressing byproducts of poverty, and collectively fostering a supporting environment encouraging inclusion and equity. We play a critical partnering role that includes every leadership segment of our community. It is only by partnering that we can address the varied disparities in education, quality of life, employment, and the economic conditions throughout our District.  

Our communities are changing and we must be able to address those communities with strategies that actively engage them. 

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.

Published May 9, 2016.

New employee announcement from Dr. Daniels

I would like to introduce to the college community Kristin Rolling, the new Executive Assistant to the President and District Board of Trustees. Kristin will join the College on Monday, May 16.

Kristin comes to us from the Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, where she has worked for the last 16 years in a position very similar to the position she is filling. Kristin is a resident of Portage.

Ellen Hustad will be working Kristin prior to her retirement to facilitate a smooth transition. Please join me in welcoming Kristin to Madison College!

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.

Published May 6, 2016. Updated May 9, 2016.

Construction Update: Visual changes

What’s new? 

There has been many visual changes to the construction the past couple weeks! Temporary walls have been constructed to prep for phase two of construction. In the Culinary Arts addition, hoods have started to be installed in the Skills Lab and all of the coolers will be brought in as well. The new UW Credit Union has some framing and rough-ins installed, and some site-work has started in front of the addition. 

 The past weeks

  • Trio was painted and the glass window has been installed 
  • The floor and in-wall rough-ins have started to be installed in the new Credit Union space 
  • The structural steel was added for the sliding glass partition at the Credit Union 
  •  Site work grading and concrete foundation walls have started 
  • The skills lab started to get its hoods installed and ceramic tile is being installed

 Coming up in the weeks ahead 

  • Temporary walls will start to be built around existing facilities to get ready for phase two of construction
  • Demolition will start in the fine dining and locker rooms
  • Surge space will start to be constructed on the second floor

Questions? Contact Mark Premo, construction manager, at (608) 442-7341.

Published May 2, 2016. Updated June 13, 2016.

President Daniels upcoming open office hours

As part of a continuing effort to promote transparency and create an environment that fosters open discussion and two-way communication, President Daniels offers open office hours during the 2016 spring semester.

  • Tuesday, May 3, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 7, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

All dates and times will be confirmed in Matters one week in advance to allow time for faculty and staff to prepare questions, concerns or issues. Appointments are not necessary and all topics related to Madison College business are open for discussion.  

Published April 30, 2016. Updated May 18, 2016.