Michelle Wales

Women inPower 2020 Fellow

Michelle Wales
Director of Academic Business Affairs
Marquette University

Michelle Wales, M.B.A., is the Director of Academic Business Affairs in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. She received her B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.B.A from the University of Memphis.

As the Director of Academic Business Affairs for the past eleven years, Michelle oversees financial and administrative activities for the College of Communication and serves as its point person on issues regarding budgeting, human resources, endowments, scholarships, grants and purchasing. She is responsible for a $10 million-dollar annual budget and provides information and analysis to deans, chairs, and faculty. Michelle serves on the college’s Executive Leadership Committee, Dean’s Search Committee, The Marquette LEAD program, and the Marquette University Finance Partners.

Before joining Marquette, Michelle was the Administrator of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center for seven years and the Administrative Coordinator of MCW’s Divisions of General Surgery for three years. She also has experience in healthcare marketing and physician services working as the administrative fellow with Aurora Healthcare and as a physician services representative with Methodist Health System in Memphis, TN.

Michelle serves on the Nicolet High School Foundation board, BBYO FAN commission, and Hillel Milwaukee Board. She lives in Fox Point with her husband, attorney Scott Wales, and her two daughters.


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