Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Mathew Dornbush

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 17
  • Undergrad degree/university: Augustana College (B.A.)
  • Graduate degree/university: Iowa State (M.S., Ph.D)

In his role as dean of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business, Mathew Dornbush has established himself as a leader in higher education and the business community across the northeastern Wisconsin region, according to Sachin Shivaram, CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry and a member of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees.

The school’s outreach and business engagements focus on a 16-county footprint that runs along the lakeshore from Sheboygan to Marinette. UW-Green Bay has two-year branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.

“(Dornbush) is tireless in his outreach efforts, and he brings joy and energy with him wherever he goes,” Shivaram said. “Thanks in large part to his efforts, UW-Green Bay has bucked the national trend of declining student enrollment. The business school has been an engine of growth for the entire university, resulting in a remarkable increase in student population over the past few years.

“Students are increasingly demanding career-readiness preparation in college, and under Matt’s leadership the university has rolled out a business curriculum that is intense and practical in its training. Students are finding increasing success in job placements, and local employers hold the university in higher esteem than ever.”

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