Annette Hackbarth-Onson will join the University of Wisconsin-Richland staff on July 15. She will serve as assistant campus dean for student affairs, filling the position previously held by John Poole, who recently retired.
“The UW-Richland campus and this region are located in a beautiful part of the state. I’m thrilled to be joining this community and I’m eager to meet and assist prospective students, their parents, guidance counselors, faculty and staff and others served by the university,” she said.
Hackbarth-Onson comes to the position with a deep understanding of the UW Colleges, the institution of 13 campuses and UW Colleges online that includes the UW-Richland campus. Since 1997, she has served in student affairs with the UW Colleges, beginning as a student service coordinator at the UW-Marathon County campus in Wausau.
Since then, she’s held positions of increasing responsibility in the UW-Marathon student affairs office, including service as interim assistant campus dean, assistant director and associate director of student affairs. She has also served as interim assistant campus dean at the UW-Marshfield/Wood County campus.
In these positions, Hackbarth-Onson’s responsibilities included those similar to the one’s she will assume in her UW-Richland position, including oversight of the student affairs office, enrollment management, admissions, records and registration, advising, counseling services, high school recruitment, placement testing, international admissions, and more. She will serve UW-Richland as director of financial aid, as well.
A National Certified Counselor, Hackbarth-Onson earned a master’s degree in education with a major in guidance and counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from UW-Superior.
Her prior work experience at colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah and North Carolina includes work as a residence hall director, director of residence life programs, and an academic/career/personal counselor.
Hackbarth-Onson has served on many UW Colleges and campus governance committees, including Steering, Academic Actions, and Curriculum.
Students have honored her for excellent service; at UW-Marathon County, she was three times chosen by the UW-MC student association as Staff Member of the Year. In 2003-2004, she was named Kaplan Award winner, an honor that recognizes improvement in service to students. Colleagues have also recognized her; in 2001, she was named UW Colleges Outstanding Student Services Staff Member.
Hackbarth-Onson said she was drawn to UW-Richland because of the beauty of the natural surroundings, the energy and enthusiasm of the campus for students. She has outdoor interests that include biking, running and horseback riding. She enjoys the warm, humid nights of summer, she said, and walking outside to gather dinner.
Starting on Monday, July 15, Hackbarth-Onson can be reached at UW-Richland by calling the Office of Student Affairs at (608) 647-6186, Extension 223.