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Ed Janairo selected as Wisconsin Union’s chief business officer

Posted: 05/27/20

Ed Janairo selected as Wisconsin Union’s chief business officer

Ed Janairo will join the Wisconsin Union team as the Union’s chief business officer June 1.

In this position, Janairo will lead long-range financial planning for the Wisconsin Union and the allocation of financial resources in the organization. He will also supervise the Union’s financial services, human resources and business intelligence divisions.

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Janairo brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education leadership. He most recently held the position of interim campus dean at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County. 

Other past positions include campus administrator and associate dean for administration and finance at University of Wisconsin Colleges; business and technology dean for Lakeshore Technical College; and assistant campus dean for administrative services for UW-Sheboygan. 

“Ed Janairo’s broad range of skills and experience in finance and administration will enable him to forge new, innovative paths and make an immediate positive impact,” said Mark Guthier, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs at UW-Madison and Wisconsin Union director. “Not only is Ed a talented higher education professional, but he also believes in the importance of education outside of the classroom and shared governance, two principles that we value at the Wisconsin Union.”

Janairo earned a bachelor’s degree in the program of liberal studies from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Kentucky, and a master of business administration from Morehead State University. He also anticipates earning a doctorate in urban education with a specialization in adult, continuing and higher education from UW-Milwaukee in 2021. 

In joining the Wisconsin Union team, Janairo will use his experience, talent and education to help the Wisconsin Union team make a difference and fulfill the organization’s mission to welcome, engage and connect the campus community.

Wisconsin Union team members have created experiences for a lifetime and student leadership opportunities for more than a century. The Union is a membership organization that invites all, including those with no UW-Madison affiliation, 

to join and enjoy its services, events, activities and buildings, called Union South and Memorial Union.

“I’m excited to be part of the Wisconsin Union team and be part of UW-Madison,” Janairo said. “It's an honor and privilege to serve in richly historied institutions and to serve such an important mission.”

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