Dr. Patrick G. Hagen has served as Campus Executive Officer and Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Richland since July 2010. In this capacity, he oversees campus operations and reports to the chancellor of UW Colleges UW-Extension in Madison, Wisconsin.
Under Dean Hagen’s leadership, UW-Richland has focused on long-term planning. A five-year strategic plan was completed in 2011, and a ten-year facilities master plan was completed in 2013. In 2012, Hagen initiated the idea of adding a new student housing facility. Campus View Corporation completed the building project in April 2014, and West Hall opened for students in the fall of 2014.
International education is one of Dean Hagen’s passions. He earned a Ph.D. in German literature, and took great pleasure in teaching German language, literature, and culture before starting his administrative career. At UW-Richland, Hagen has worked to increase the enrollment of international students. Among his accomplishments is establishing a sister-city relationship between Richland Center and Yueqing, China. Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, students from Yueqing began their college studies at UW-Richland.
Community engagement is an important part of Dean Hagen’s work. For the past two years, he has served as president of the Rotary Club of Richland County. Hagen is also on the board of directors for the Neighborhood Housing Association of Southwest Wisconsin. With the launch of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2013, Dean Hagen has worked to grow connections between area businesses and organizations and the campus.
As an administrator and a tenured member of the World Languages Department, Hagen is committed to providing students with a high-quality, public liberal arts education. He believes that by starting on a small campus students get the attention they need to grow confident and succeed. Liberal arts education provides a foundation for a successful career, a reflective life, and good citizenship.
Hagen grew up on a family farm near Stoughton, Wisconsin. His experiences on the farm helped him develop a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the history of the state of Wisconsin. He resides on the campus farm and enjoys the fact that there are no milk pails to carry.