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  • Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee Meeting
    May 25, 2016
    8:00 am - 10:00 am


Attend this community briefing where representatives of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) discuss a shared vision of pursuing strategies that meet the greater good of what works for all children regardless of community and socio-economic status.

The EDGM is committed to a collaborative impact model that focuses on new strategic opportunities to improve educational leadership, teacher preparation, the development of positive school culture and environments, and developing and orchestrating a system of instructional guidance that builds capacity within our entire educational system(s).

For more information on the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee, please click here.


HenkDr. Bill Henk has served as dean of the College of Education and professor of literacy at Marquette University since 2004.  Previously he chaired the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and for 18 years prior to that role, he worked in an array of faculty and administrative capacities in the Penn State University system.

Henk, who holds degrees in secondary education as well as reading and educational psychology, specializes in literacy and has earned a national reputation for his scholarship in that field.

As a dean at Marquette, Dr. Henk has successfully led efforts for national accreditation and the re-designation of his academic unit as the College of Education.  In addition, he co-founded the nationally-recognized Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium (GMCEC), helped to establish Teach For America in Milwaukee, and directed the feasibility study for the new Cristo Rey Jesuit high school.  He is also active in numerous community service and outreach activities including membership on the Leadership Council of Milwaukee Succeeds, the Greater Milwaukee Committee Education Committee, the Catholic School Commission, and the boards of the GMCEC, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Catholic Memorial high schools. Bill sees his role as a co-chair of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee as a way to utilize his leadership skills for the greater good of Milwaukee’s school children.  He regards the EDGM as uniquely positioned to exert a significant impact on the region’s educational landscape through collaboration and collective social impact.


Dr. Freda Russell is the Dean of the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, and Co-Chair of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) group, whose members consist of School of Education deans from nine institutions in Southeastern Wisconsin.

As the first African-American dean in the university’s 79-year history, Dr. Russell leads advanced and innovative practices in higher education that serve the twenty-first century learner and empower the local community. Her research is concentrated in the areas of program evaluation, teacher education policy, higher education accreditation, culturally responsive practices in higher education and the development of women leaders. As a strategic visionary, and critical thinker, she energizes communities around adaptive change and shared vision. She also advocates at the state and national level for high-quality and high-impact teacher education programs that align with the needs of the PK-12 academic programming.


Karen J. Coy-Romano has served as the Manager of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) since February 2015 through a project grant from the Faye McBeath Foundation.

Coy-Romano holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education with an emphasis on social advocacy, leadership development, academic research, urban education policy and antiracist education.   In addition, she is a nationally certified fundraising and communications executive and leadership coach.  Prior to retiring from the state educational system, Coy-Romano held administrative leadership positions in health and human services for 20 years and higher education for 26 years.  For the last 13 years, she has been an entrepreneur serving as president of a consulting firm specializing in transformational leadership and change management in urban education programs serving high-poverty communities.

Read the presenters' full bios: EDGM PRESENTERS - FULL BIOS


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration, buffet breakfast, and networking

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Program

Two days prior to the event, you will receive an email with directions and parking information.


Audience: Funders Only



Please contact Amanda Buckley, Director of Program Development and Evaluation, at 414-290-2251 or abuckley@wiphilanthropy.org.


Venue Phone: (414) 288-3265

Venue Website:

1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Henke Room (#258), Milwaukee, 53233


Complimentary parking in the Marquette parking structure is available. Enter on 16th Street and W. Wisconsin Avenue.  Please tell attendant you are there for Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee meeting.