Alverno College Appoints Eileen Sherman Dean of Business

July 23, 2014

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Eileen Sherman, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of Alverno College’s School of Business. In this role, she will provide leadership to the School of Business, partner with faculty to foster student achievement, and strengthen partnerships between the College and local businesses.

“We are thrilled to have Eileen join us as the new dean of the School of Business,” said Kathleen O’Brien, senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “She brings a wealth of higher education and business experience to her new role that will help the school further refine its strategic vision and continue to develop graduates who can provide significant value to their employers.”

Sherman brings 21 years of experience in higher education to the College. She comes to Alverno from Cardinal Stritch University where she served as an associate dean in the undergraduate school of their College of Business and Management and as an associate professor. In that role, she led the strategic and operational efforts for both the adult accelerated and traditional undergraduate business programs, which serve over 2,500 students. Sherman also worked as a curriculum specialist, developing and improving curriculum for associate-level through master-level coursework for non-traditional students. Prior to her work at Stritch, Sherman also taught at Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sherman earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College, and her Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1995. Sherman is currently a member of the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Management and the National Association of Women Executives.

The Alverno College School of Business offers undergraduate majors in business and management, international business, marketing and management accounting. Approximately 1,700 Alverno alums with business degrees are currently working in Wisconsin. Alverno College also offers a Master’s degree in Business Administration, open to both women and men. Alverno’s MBA program offers a cross-functional approach that incorporates the core knowledge areas of business into every class. These core areas include: finance, human resources, macroeconomics and global economics.

Alverno College names new business dean

July 23, 2014

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Alverno College to Host 2nd Annual Paraguay Economic Forum

February 3, 2014

Alverno College will host the 2nd annual Paraguay Economic Forum on February 6. The forum is expected to attract several Paraguayan officials, including Dr. Victor Britez Chamorro, chancellor of the National University of the East, Ciudad del Este; Dr. Rolando Segovia, director of International Affairs for the National University of the East, Ciudad del Este; Jose Otano, commercial attaché of the Republic of Paraguay in Miami; Dr. Alberto Poletti, J.D. and Dr. Mirian Medina de Britez.

The goal of the forum is to provide Wisconsin businesses opportunities to invest in and export to the Republic of Paraguay. The forum came about after a student in Alverno’s MBA program developed her own independent study, and others quickly jumped on board. “Alverno offers such a unique learning experience,” said Carol Vollmer Pope, an associate professor of Business who led the class. “This whole forum came about because of their hard work and dedication.” Students focused on topics including Paraguayan culture, infrastructure, natural resources, agriculture, economics, business development and tourism, and will present their findings at the conference.

“Paraguay is one of the most business friendly countries in South America, and recent political changes there are opening doors to the expansion of foreign ventures,” said Sue DaBaco, an Alverno MBA student involved in the forum. “We want to take this opportunity to establish ties between Paraguayan government officials and Wisconsin businesses. This really is a win-win for everyone.”

The cost to attend is $10 and includes lunch. The program is free for those not taking part in the lunch. For more information or to register for the event, please go to

Dan Horton appears on

September 10, 2013

Dan Horton, dean of the School of Business, conducts a mock interview an accounting student at UW-Whitewater. Afterwards, Dan and the show’s host give the student some constructive feedback regarding his interview.

You can listen to the interview at

School of Business Welcomes Two New Faculty

September 5, 2013

The Alverno College School of Business is welcoming two new faculty this fall. Nicole Maassen and Richard Tobin will teach undergraduate courses, as well as co-teach a course in the MBA program.

Before joining Alverno, Maassen served as the vice president of litigation and risk management at Assurant Health where she led a team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff. Prior to that, she held positions at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, Dejong & Laing S.C. and at Foley and Lardner LLP. Last spring, Maassen was recognized as one of The Business Journal’s 2013 “Forty Under 40.”  She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.

Tobin brings more than 15 years of business experience to the College, most recently serving as assistant vice president at Fiserv, Inc. where he oversaw a staff responsible for accounting and financial reporting. Prior to that, he worked for Molson Coors Brewing Company and Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University (Ohio), and earned his Master of Business Administration from Marquette. Tobin is a certified public accountant, and has participated in international educational programs including the Beijing International MBA Program in China and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.