Originally published November 21, 2011

Since it was founded in 1903, MSOE has benefitted from the advice and support of volunteer leaders. Meaningful involvement is the most accurate way to describe the manner in which MSOE’s Board of Regents and Corporation members assume their responsibilities. Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university. This fall, MSOE welcomed three new Regents to the Board and four new Corporation members. Mark Train, retired president and CEO, Jason Inc., returns to the Board of Regents from Regent Emeritus status.

New Regents:
G. Woodrow Adkins is the chairman and CEO of Adkins Holdings LLC of Waukesha, Wis., a private investment company. He is the first holder of the Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship in the MSOE Rader School of Business. Adkins also is chairman, shareholder, managing director or partner of several companies and investment funds. He began in the meat industry and is a longtime food industry executive. Adkins is a member of the International Chief Executives Organization, chairman of Wisconsin Presidents Organization, and past chapter chairman and international director of the Young Presidents Organization.

Thomas A. Burke has been the CEO and president of Modine Manufacturing Co. in Racine, Wis., since 2008. He previously was the company’s chief operating officer, chief technology officer and interim regional vice president of Americas. Burke also served as CEO and president of Composite Solutions Inc. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions at Visteon Corp. and held a variety of engineering and operations positions at Ford Motor Co. in the U.S. and Mexico.

Robert E. Vieau graduated from MSOE in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering. He spent his career with high tech companies such as Texas Instruments and Compaq Computer Corp. At Compaq, Vieau served as the senior vice president of corporate operations and was responsible for global manufacturing of the desktop and portable computer lines with operations in Houston, Singapore and Scotland. In 1993 Vieau moved to the Thomas-Conrad Corp., where he became president and CEO. He led the company through massive change, culminating with the company’s acquisition by Compaq. He is currently president and owner of Vieau and Company in Montgomery, Texas, through which he provides consulting services.

New Corporation members:

  • William Beckett, president and CEO, Chrysalis Packaging and Assembly Corp. (Chryspac), Milwaukee
  • Randal S. Howard, president, Forrer Business Interiors Inc., Milwaukee
  • Wendy Burke Slocum, president, Burke Properties, Milwaukee
  • Richard Stangl, chairman and CEO, Weimer Industries, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

MSOE is an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and 10 master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; and extremely high placement rates and the highest starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.