UW-Shared Services (UWSS) is a consolidated administrative service organization, providing scalable operational services to University of Wisconsin institutions and employees.
Executive Director for UW-Shared Services
432 N Lake St.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 265-3040
About Steve Wildeck
Steve was named the first Executive Director of UW-Shared Services on June 1, 2018, and has overseen the organization since its conceptual beginnings. He has a long history in the UW System and proudly states that he earned his first paycheck from the university in June, 1979. Steve credits his early roles at UW-Madison Physical Plant (groundskeeping) and UW-Madison Transportation Services (parking enforcement), as well as life on the farm, for teaching him valuable skills that he has used throughout his career.
Steve’s experience in Wisconsin higher education administration runs far and wide, having worked in administrative, business, and finance areas as a manager, director, assistant dean, vice chancellor, and as UW System interim vice president. He served as chief business officer for UW Colleges/UW-Extension for 19 years, making Steve the first UW CBO to serve two institutions at the same time. Steve also has several years of private sector experience as a change management consultant.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Business Administration, both from UW-Madison.
Director for UW-Shared Service Human Resources
432 N Lake St.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 890-1066
About Jason Beier
Jason has been in the UW System for 18 years. The majority of that time he was in human resources and employment relations at UW System Administration. In those roles, he would provide advice and counsel on all manner of human resources issues to all UW System institutions and lead and organize all collective bargaining activity for the UW System. He also spent nearly one year as the interim Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance for UW Colleges and UW-Extension and one semester as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at UW-Oshkosh.
Prior to his current role with UW-Shared Services, Jason was the first, and as it turns out only, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for UW Colleges and UW-Extension. He integrated what had been two distinct, institutional human resources offices with services provided across the state, led the human resources implementation of UW Colleges regionalization and UW-Extension’s largest division’s reorganization and provided strategic leadership to the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
Jason is a proud product of the UW System, with a Bachelor of Arts and law degree from UW-Madison and two years of study at UW-Whitewater.
Chief Information Officer UW-Shared Services & Director for Information Technology
780 Regent St
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 262-7832
About Werner Gade
Werner comes to UW-Shared Services from UW-Extension where he was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO for the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Werner has 35+ years of IT experience in both the private and public sectors where he held positions of increasing levels of leadership and responsibility, and managed teams as small as three direct reports to as large as 200 direct and indirect reports. His career has provided him the opportunity to work in multiple industries (telecommunications, law enforcement, banking, health care, consumer foods, retail, public utilities, manufacturing, finance, human resources, higher education, and various state agencies and local governments) and has exposed him to a wide variety of business models and interactions with people.
Werner’s leadership style includes relationship building, listening, challenging the status quo, innovative approaches to technical solutions, staff development, strong communication, customer service, and problem solving, all of which he considers as key components to success.
Werner earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee and a Professional Certificate in Advanced Management and Leadership from the UW-Madison.
Director for UW-Shared Services Procurement
432 N Lake St.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-0164
About Rhonda Loger
Rhonda is a purchasing management professional with over 20 years of experience. Prior to her current role with UW-Shared Services, Rhonda was Purchasing Director for UW Colleges and UW-Extension, and she has worked at UW-Madison as well.
Rhonda has experience in several areas, including contract management, proposal and bid administration, purchasing card program administration, process improvement and development of operational policies and procedures. Her philosophy is to provide customer-focused services while training and mentoring team members for success.
Director for UW-Shared Services UW Service Center
660 W Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
Telephone: (608) 262-2656
About Diann Sypula
Diann joined UW System Administration in 2010 as the Director of Financial Reporting, and shortly thereafter was named to the position of Director of Shared Financial System (SFS) Operations, and then in 2014 moved to the Director of the HRS Service Center. Prior to coming to UW, Diann worked in the private sector for 18+ years in various roles, including leading both operational efforts and large system implementations.
Diann is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience in the support and analysis of business processes. She has led multiple PeopleSoft implementations and upgrades in the areas of human resources and financials, and has had deep involvement in reporting, reconciliation and other applications.
Since 2014, Diann has led the HRS Service Center implementing significant process efficiencies, updating system functionality, while increasing security and internal controls.
Provides payroll and benefits support to the institutions that make up the UW System.
- UW Service Center Reporting
- UW Service Center Reconciliation
- UW Service Center Professional Development
- UW Service Center Project Management Office
- UW Service Center Payroll
- UW Service Center HR
- UW Service Center Communications
- UW Service Center Finance
- UW Service Center Benefits
- UW Service Center Affinity Groups