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New deans introduced to important programs

UW-La Crosse makes College of Science and Health administrative changes

By Adeili Potts
On April 4, 2012

Familiar faces have recently filled two dean positions and one director position here at UW-La Crosse. Bruce Riley, Marcie Wycloff-Horn, and Bruce May will contribute much knowledge and experience to the College of Science and Health, the College of Business Administration, and the School of Education.   

Bruce Riley's journey at UW-L began in 1985 as an assistant professor in mathematics, before being promoted to the rank of a professor in 1993. Riley then became the chair of the mathematics department from 1996-2009, and soon after he was appointed the Interim Dean of the college. In February of 2012, he was named the dean of the College of Science and Health.

 Bruce May is a former U.S. Naval Flight Officer, previous business owner, and a past California business attorney. Along with his award winning teaching and leadership experience, Bruce has now been appointed the position of CBA dean for an interim period starting in July 2012 through the 2014-15 academic year.

As a former assistant professor in the Department of Health and Education, and then promoted to the rank of professor in 2010, Marcie Wycloff-Horn has been named the permanent director of the School of Education.

Betsy Morgan, Interim Provost at UW-L, says that the choice was narrowed down to only internal candidates, which is unusual being that the internal candidates usually have to compete with external candidates, which can be a disadvantage to the internal candidates.

"In our field, we use the saying, 'It's the devil you know versus the devil you don't know,' and this time it is apparent that hiring Riley, May, and Wylcoff-Hoff for the positions works in our favor to hire internal candidates," said Morgan.

When considering hiring an internal person, candidates must prove that they can  excel in that position, function very well within that role, and prove to be the best for that role, not just comfortable with the tasks at hand. Riley is someone who understood the complexity and different functions of such a large college, and has done a very nice job.

May has acquired skills over the years at dealing with crucial issues. Marcie Wycloff-Horn has proven that she could handle the position for the past two years and has secured excellent relationships with the k-12 schools for the past several years, which is extremely mportant for this particular position.

'When making hiring decisions, your only goal is to pick the best person possible for that job," said Morgan.


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