Bubbler Executive Appointments

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:01 am

MSOE vp of academics to retire

Dr. Roger Frankowski, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) vice president of academics, announced his plan to retire July 31, 2010, after 42 years of service at the school. Frankowski was appointed vice president of academics in 2002, after serving as chairman of the general studies department for 21 years. He joined the MSOE faculty in 1968 as an instructor and subsequently was promoted to assistant professor, associate professor and professor.

 “I would like to congratulate Dr. Frankowski on a wonderful career, and thank him for his dedication to MSOE,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “He is an outstanding leader and teacher and has made an everlasting impression on this institution.”

During his career, Frankowski also served as the North Central Association-Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC) liaison, the faculty representative to the NCAA, chairman of the athletic appeals committee, and as an advisor to Tau Omega Mu and the Foreign Students Association. Frankowski’s work with students has been recognized with two MSOE awards: the Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award in 1981 and the Outstanding Mentor Award in 1991. He also received the following awards: Salgo-Noren Outstanding Educator in 1973, Outstanding Educators in America in 1974 and Outstanding Young Men in America in 1972.

Frankowski is a member of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, American Society for Engineering Education, Society for Technical Communication and licensed in the Association for Psychological Type. He has served on the Executive Board of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin, the Bucyrus-Erie Scholarship Award Committee, and the MSOE Athletics Hall of Fame Committee.

Friberg will be new president of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital

Deborah Friberg has been named to the new position of executive vice president of Columbia St. Mary’s Inc, president of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee and president of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute. She will begin in her new roles in January 2010.

With the move, Friberg will be renewing her ties to Milwaukee and to Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute. She currently is executive vice president and chief operating officer of North Carolina’s WakeMed Health & Hospitals, which serves the central and eastern regions of that state. Previously, she was vice president of professional services and programs at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee.

Friberg’s most recent efforts led to a $108.5 million expansion on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus and the addition of a new women’s hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

"Deborah brings very strong operational and leadership experience from her service at WakeMed, an outstanding health care system. As we transition to our new Milwaukee Hospital, I am confident that she will help us to solidify Columbia St. Mary’s position as the health care leader in our community,” said Leo Brideau, who remains president and chief executive officer of Columbia St. Mary’s Inc.

Friberg earned her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her bachelor’s degree in science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Ahrens succeeds Williams as COO at The PrivateBank

PrivateBancorp Inc. announced that C. Brant Ahrens has been named chief operating officer, replacing John B. "Jay" Williams, who continues as chairman of The PrivateBank Milwaukee.

Ahrens joined The PrivateBank in October 2007 and most recently served as chief strategy and marketing officer. He will continue to oversee those departments and will add oversight of the human resources, operations and information technology groups to his responsibilities.

"Brant is one of the architects of our strategic growth plan and has a deep understanding of our business objectives," said Larry Richman, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased that he is taking on this important leadership role as we continue to build the infrastructure necessary to support our long-term growth aspirations."

Prior to joining Chicago-based PrivateBank, Ahrens was group senior vice president and head of LaSalle Bank’s Financial Institutions Group.

Ahrens is on the board of directors of the Illinois Bankers Association and is chairman of the associates board of the Brain Research Foundation.

EDWC Hires New Executive Director

Economic Development/Washington County (EDWC) announced that Christian G. Tscheschlok has been named the organization’s new executive director, effective Dec. 7.

Tscheschlok is a certified economic developer with more than 13 years of urban and rural economic development and redevelopment experience. His background includes national and international expertise in economic development organization leadership, business recruitment and expansion, entrepreneur consultation, community development, financial packaging, incentive negotiation, project management, workforce development, public relations, lobbying and education.

Since June 2007, Tscheschlok has served as vice president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation where he provides direct consultative services for business and community projects. His prior experience includes serving as the first director of the Rock Falls, Ill. Community Development Corporation.

“I’ve been impressed with the accomplishments of Washington County businesses and the commitment of the EDWC Board to leverage the county’s assets into new opportunity,” said Tscheschlok, “I look forward to hitting the ground running and leading the organization to next level success.”

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