Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall is named in honor of Carroll's 14th President, Dr. Doug Hastad, and Nancy Hastad. President Hastad began his tenure at Carroll in 2006 and retired in 2017. Education played a significant role in shaping both Doug and Nancy's personal and professional lives. After earning their undergraduate degrees at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1971 and 1972 respectively, they both became educators. President Hastad's career in higher education spanned many roles. These included faculty, chair, dean, provost and, prior to coming to Carroll, serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
During President Hastad's tenure, Carroll University was transformed in many ways: record enrollment; strengthened community relationships; new undergraduate and graduate programs; new academic buildings and athletic facilities; and an enviably strong financial position. President Hastad encouraged everyone on campus to "leave things better than they found them." He and Nancy put those words into action every day. Through their active engagement and volunteer service in our community, they set an example for us all.
This pioneering couple opened doors and forged partnerships within and beyond the Waukesha and Milwaukee communities. Together, they promoted an environment of excellence in teaching and learning that moved Carroll forward, positioned it for future growth and innovation and built upon its enduring legacy as Wisconsin's first institution of higher education. Through their leadership and example, Doug and Nancy Hastad revitalized Carroll's commitment to its mission, and enhanced its ethos of respect, integrity and stewardship.