TJ Brooks to be interim dean of UWL College of Business Administration

He replaces the retiring
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Longtime UW-La Crosse economics professor Taggert “TJ” Books will become interim dean of the school’s College of Business Administration for two years starting Aug. 3.

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Brooks replaces Laura Milner, who recently announced her retirement after five years as CBA dean.
He has chaired the UWL Economics Department for 10 years and now also chairs the Finance Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from UW-Madison and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from UW-Milwaukee.
Brooks is known in the area for his role in the regional business forum, “Economic Indicators: An Update for the 7 Rivers Region.” He is also treasurer for the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Brooks will collaborate with CBA leaders to lead the college through COVID-19 challenges, AACSB accreditation, the 50th anniversary of the CBA and its move to renovated Wittich Hall this fall.
“TJ will build on the strong community engagement work of retiring Dean Laura Milner and the student, faculty and staff of the CBA,” said UWL Provost Betsy Morgan.

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Milner, who arrived on campus as an associate dean from Central Washington University in 2015, buoyed the CBA during her tenure, Morgan said.
“I commend her purposeful enhancement of the campus and community engagement by the CBA – the results of the engagement are evident in the curriculum, the events, and ongoing connections to alumni and friends,” Morgan said.
A national search for dean of the college is planned for the 2021-22 academic year.