The secretary of the academic staff serves as a resource for the more than 10,000 academic staff members at UW–Madison, acting as a liaison between the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) and university administration, and assisting on any other matters related to shared governance.
Your current Secretary
Jake Smith began as the Secretary of the Academic Staff in May of 2020. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Academic Staff for 6 years.
As Secretary of the Academic Staff, Jake facilitates the work of the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC), Standing Committees, and the Academic Staff Assembly. The Secretary’s office is responsible for administering the Professional Development grants, Executive Education grants, Academic Staff Excellence Awards, appeals, and University Roundtable luncheon series.
Heather Daniels 2013-2020
Donna Silver 2009-2013
Colleen McCabe 1999-2009
Stephen A. Myrah 1992-1999
Robert Miller 1987-1992
Have a question?
The Secretary of the Academic Staff (SOAS) supports academic staff governance activities and staffs the Academic Staff Executive Committee and the Academic Staff Assembly. The SOAS office administratively supports all aspects of academic staff governance, and in addition, coordinates the annual “University Roundtable” lunch series. Please contact SOAS with questions regarding the many programs supported by academic staff governance, including professional development grants, academic staff excellence awards and executive education grants.