Chief Human Resources Officer Finalists

Four finalists for the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s chief human resources officer position visited campus from November 14 – 17. The candidates met with a variety of campus stakeholders, including other human resources professionals, shared governance representatives, deans, and Finance & Administration leaders. Each finalist presented on the strategies to advance and support student and employee well-being at UW-Madison. All members of the campus community were invited to attend the public presentations.

The presentations were recorded and are posted below the candidates’ names.

Candidate Information

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William Brady

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William Brady currently serves as vice chancellor and chief human resources officer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Mark Schmelz

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Mark Schmelz currently serves as vice president and chief human resources officer at the University of Oregon.

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Patrick Sheehan

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Patrick Sheehan currently serves as interim associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Mary Lucal

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Mary Lucal currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for human resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Position Overview

The chief human resources officer provides leadership, policy direction, and management oversight for all human resources initiatives and functions for UW–Madison. The university has more than 20,000 employees, including about 2,100 faculty and 12,500 staff across multiple shifts, plus 5,000 graduate assistants and 7,000 student employees.

Search Committee

The 10-member search committee was chaired by Dean of the College of Letters & Science Eric Wilcots. National search firm Greenwood Asher also assisted in this search.

Other search committee members include:

  • Karen Massetti-Moran, director of Total Awards, Office of Human Resources
  • Gabriella Gaus, doctoral student, Associated Students of Madison
  • Boyd Hillestad, AV technician, College of Letters and Science
  • Tanya Hubanks, director of the Strategic Human Resource Management Center, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Martin Ganco, professor of Management and Human Resources, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Margaret Tennessen, deputy associate vice chancellor, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Kara Sellers, director of Finance and Administration, Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement
  • Ed Janairo, chief business officer, Wisconsin Union
  • Beth Meyerand, vice provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs
  • Mari Magler, director, McBurney Disability Resource Center