Fronmueller Selected as Dean of the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls

June 25, 2014—Michael Fronmueller has been selected as the next dean of the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls. Fronmueller will begin his tenure as dean on July 1, succeeding Glenn Potts, who is retiring at the end of this month.  

In his role as dean, Fronmueller will provide leadership to a college accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of the world's business schools. The College of Business and Economics (CBE) consists of programs in accounting, business administration, computer science & information systems, economics, finance, management, and marketing. CBE also offers two Master of Business Administration programs (full-time and evening) and an adult degree completion program. CBE is also home to several centers of excellence, including the recently created Center for Innovation and Business Development. 

"Michael's hiring will allow the college to continue to build on its existing strengths and to pursue new programmatic and partnership opportunities," said Fernando Delgado, provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at UW-River Falls. 

Fronmueller has served as dean of the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo since 2007. He has also held academic leadership positions at Le Moyne College, California State University-Northridge, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Boise State University. 

"I was impressed by the excellent faculty, staff and students I met as part of the search for a new dean and the strong support for UW-River Falls from the community," said Fronmueller.  "I am excited to become part of the College of Business and Economics and the university as they continue to build on their role as major assets for the St. Croix Valley and beyond. As a globally aware and connected business school recognized for its excellent programs, we are well positioned to respond to major opportunities and to weather the challenges ahead." 

A frequently published researcher on topics as diverse as the mortgage crisis, health care reform, and MOOC's, Fonmueller holds a Ph.D. from Washington State University and a M.B.A. from Eastern Washington University. He is also an engaged community leader having served on the boards of economic development and health care organizations.  

"I believe UW-River Falls can play a major role in the economic development of our region and my family and I are excited to be part of this journey," said Fronmueller. 

For more information, contact Blake Fry, special assistant to the Chancellor, at 715-425-3711 or