Professor Greg Wise, Director 2008-2017
Greg Wise was appointed as Director of the Center by CNRED Program Leader Tom Blewett in 2008. He had previously served as a Community Development Specialist for the CCED. Wise joined the center in 2004 after serving as the UW-Extension interim assistant vice chancellor for economic development for 15 months and as the secretary of the faculty and academic staff for five years. For 11 years previously, Wise was a community development educator in Manitowoc and Sauk counties. He joined UW-Extension as an instructor in 1989.
Professor Wise currently serves as an Extension Community Development Specialist, carrying out the Wisconsin Idea by conducting applied research and educational programs that address community preparedness, economic development strategies, and quality of life research. Wise has published many papers and made numerous professional presentations. He and his Center colleagues were recognized with the 2009 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Community Development. He is a former board member of the Community Development Society and an alum of the 2013 National Extension Leadership Development class. As UW-Extension’s Secretary of the Faculty, he contributed to redefining and assessing the “scholarship of outreach and engagement.” As UW-Extension’s Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Business Outreach, he supported the UW System’s Economic Summits. Wise has earned degrees in Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Public Administration, all from UW-Madison. He now resides in Baraboo, Wisconsin.