During her career, Susan Schierstedt has taught students from the age of nine to fifty-nine. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum, the first family business forum in the state.
Schierstedt received a bachelor of science from Northwestern University. She obtained a master of business administration from UW Oshkosh and began her tenure at UW Oshkosh in 1983 as a graduate assistant. She also started at the Richard W. Koehn Institute introducing microcomputers to executives at Thilmany Pulp & Paper Company and others in the business community.
“At that time, they were evaluating if microcomputers were going to stick around or if they were just a fad,” Schierstedt recalls.
Schierstedt served as an instructor in the MIS department teaching computer programming, introductory management information systems concepts and skills. She has also taught time and stress management, delegation, personal effectiveness, and marketing management at Executive Education, UW-Madison and at Concordia University.
In 1996, after a brief time as administrative officer for the Management Institute at UW-Madison, Schierstedt returned to UW Oshkosh to become the executive director of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF). Until her retirement in June, she was the first and only director for the forum.
“The WFBF is a center of excellence in the College of Business,” said Schierstedt. “I am proud that it got its start here and am looking forward to watching it grow.”
Her research interests include family business governance. Her published work was done with former College of Business deans, C. Burk Tower, E. Alan Hartman, and Don Gudmundson[sms1] .
“Sue is a very devoted teacher and director and will be very hard to replace,” said Marilyn Hart, emeriti professor of business administration.
Schierstedt served on several university committees that focused on faculty development and affirmative action/equal opportunity. She was also the project manager and user support contact for the OnContact® CRM database on campus. At the college, Schierstedt participated in several strategic initiative retreats and served on the social committee and the student professional development action team.
“I particularly miss being on the social committee together,” said Hart. “We threw some great get-togethers for the college.”
Many at the college will miss Schierstedt’s cheerful greetings, and she will be remembered for her friendship and hospitality.
“Sue was my first real friend when I started teaching at UW Oshkosh,” says Wendy Potratz, professor of accounting, who knew Schierstedt prior to working together at the university. “Two months into my new position, we had a weekend staff/faculty retreat and I was very happy when she invited me to room with her.”
Schierstedt’s husband, Bruce, also retired this year from the College of Education and Human Services. They plan to travel and become more involved in their church during retirement.