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New members appointed to board of trustees

June 26, 2017

The Carroll University Board of Trustees announced the addition of five new members as it continues work to grow and invest in the campus in many ways.

"It’s important for us to build on the success the university has enjoyed over the past decade," said José Olivieri, 1978 alumnus and chair of the university’s board of trustees. "These new leaders will provide a variety of perspectives from each of their industries which is essential to our work as a leader in higher education."

The new members join 25 others on the board who will begin work with incoming president Dr. Cindy Gnadinger beginning on July 1, 2017. She will be the 15th president to lead Carroll University replacing current president Doug Hastad who will retire at the end of June.

Accepting the appointments are:

John Hengel ‘80, vice president of finance, treasurer and assistant secretary, Jason Industries, Inc.
Hengel is responsible for the company’s treasury, tax and shared services functions, and is also involved in strategic activities, playing a key role in Jason’s growth by leading efforts in a number of important acquisitions. Jason Industries is a global, diversified, industrial, manufacturing company with annual sales of approximately $700 million headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

David Laatsch ’95, director, strategic operations project management, Aurora Health Care
In his role, Laatsch develops, implements and monitors large scale strategic programs that are aligned with Aurora’s long term strategy. Aurora sees more than 1.2 million patients per year.

Jack Riesch, owner and executive vice president, R&R Insurance Services
As the third generation to run R&R Insurance, Riesch has a goal to employ the best talent in the industry, invest in technology, continue to provide development opportunities for employees, provide great benefits and support the communities in which R&R serves. The company is the largest family-owned independent agency in the Midwest serving businesses and individuals.

Thomas Sellars ’82, chairman and CEO, Sellars Absorbent Materials, Inc.
Sellars leads the growing, privately held, mid-sized company which is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of high performance and environmentally-friendly dry wipes, shop towels, absorbents, towel & tissue and other specialty nonwovens products.

Fred Stier, CEO, Stier Construction, Inc.
Stier has been a business owner in the Waukesha area since 1981. Stier Construction, Inc. provides full service general contracting, construction management and consulting, and has built numerous notable projects in the area.

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Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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