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Strategy & External Relations

Who We Are

Our team is dedicated to Continuing Studies’ development, business engagement and growth strategies. We nurture public and private partnerships and philanthropic efforts in support of UW–Madison’s lifelong learners.

What We Do

Growth Strategies

  • Support the division’s strategic priorities through rigorous research, analysis and planning
  • Use research methodologies to deliver insights backed by data that help division and campus partners better understand the higher education market

Development & Business Engagement

  • Develop partnerships with businesses and organizations to meet the lifelong learning needs of employees and employers
  • Engage foundation, corporate, and individual donors to philanthropically support returning adult students, precollege students and other areas of greatest need

Our team

Colleen Johnson

Position title: Director of Development and Business Engagement

Troy Oleck

Position title: Development Director

Jenny Pressman

Position title: Director of Development & Community Partnerships