Woolley appointed director of UW-Platteville Project Management Center of Excellence

September 10, 2013

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Mark Woolley

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Mark Woolley has been appointed director of the newly-formed Project Management Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The new project management team led by Woolley will report to Robert Cramer, vice chancellor for Administrative Services.

Woolley will add 30 years of valuable experience to the position and to the university to help get the new organization up and running. Most recently, Woolley has been a project manager on campus where he has played a significant role in major projects like the PeopleSoft re-implementation for the admissions, financial aid, registrar, student financials and distance learning departments and the Ellucian Recruiter implementation for prospective student services. Prior to coming to UW-Platteville, he worked at Epic in Verona, Wis., Lands’ End in Dodgeville, Wis., Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta, Ga., and at multiple locations for Container Corporation/Jefferson Smurfit Corporation.

“Mark brings a wide range of skills to the table that will be critical in the new role,” Cramer noted.  “In addition to leading a number of functional organizations over the years, he has led project teams and managed several organizational change efforts that I saw as key to improving how we plan and manage projects for the university. We have to become more effective and efficient in executing on projects in order to realize the expected benefits.”

The center will establish and support standard project management processes at UW-Platteville, focusing initially on projects with technology components and projects related to the strategic plan. The office will expand its scope of services over time. It will also offer assistance to other areas on management of projects by sharing processes and working materials. In addition, it will establish and track projects as a group using the principles of portfolio management. Its work will include supporting the development of project ideas for review and approval through a new IT priorities structure being implemented for the university.  The success of the center, over time, will be measured by:

  1. Project completion percentage (on time, on budget, completed scope and satisfaction of customers);
  2. Expansion of project management services from IT projects and strategic plan projects to a broader set across the institution; and
  3. Communication and transparency regarding projects in planning, underway and completed at UW-Platteville.

Woolley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, majoring in forest management. He later earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to start up the Project Management Center at UW-Platteville,” Woolley said.  “As we have already demonstrated through a number of successful projects, more formal project management practices can have a major impact both administratively as well as academically to help the university reach its goals and objectives.”

Contact: Rob Cramer, vice chancellor for Administrative Services, (608) 342-1226, cramerr@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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