Dr. Wayne Weber is the Dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture (BILSA). He has served in this role, providing leadership in the college and university since 2011 (with one year as interim).
Working with executive administration, the College of BILSA leadership team, and the incredibly talented faculty and staff in the college and throughout the university, the college has achieved much during this time. The college went through an extensive strategic planning process aligning the college strategic plan with the university strategic plan providing intentionality in efforts moving forward. Additionally, over $25.2M in capital funding was procured for building projects including the complete renovation of Boebel Hall and new automation/controls systems and electronics laboratories in Russell Hall. Relatedly, the college has been successful in fund raising and corporate partnerships raising significant scholarship dollars to facilitate our mission of access and funding the development of corporate sponsored and endowed professorship positions. Through the leadership of outstanding faculty, the college facilitated the development of state-of-the-art commercial construction and safety labs. Further, the college has been active in collaborative integration with the two branch campuses (UW-Platteville Richland and Baraboo Sauk County) launching two new associate degree programs, one in agriculture and one in business, with others on the way. The college has also been highly involved in new program development including the launching of master’s degree programs and undergraduate programs that include the elevation of emphases to majors in strategic areas. Finally, the college has been active in the development and procurement of funding for the $7.8M Dairy Innovation Hub, a collaborative opportunity to work with UW-River Falls and UW-Madison to position Wisconsin to meet the industry challenges of today, and tomorrow, through corporate partnerships, research and development, and through developing the future leaders in the dairy industry.
Dr. Weber earned his Ph.D. in Zoology, with an emphasis in genetics, from Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado. He joined the faculty at UW-Platteville in 1997 in the Biology Department where he served in the faculty for fourteen years. During this time, he was active in molecular phylogenetic research and engaging numerous students in that research resulting in multiple research presentations. Dr. Weber also served in leadership roles during this time including serving as Department Chair in the Biology Department and serving on faculty senate for six years.
Throughout his career, Dr. Weber has received several recognitions including: College of BILSA Outstanding Advisor Award, UW-System Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, UW-Platteville Outstanding Faculty Award, Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Excellence in Teaching Award, Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award, Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Membership for Excellence in Teaching Award, Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary Membership for Excellence in Teaching Award and Student Athlete Recognition for Excellence in Teaching.