Donald G. Madelung

Vice President
Pierce Colleges, Inc.
(608) 334-0215
6676 Prairie Creek Road
Appointment Term: 
Oct 20, 2011 At the Pleasure of the Governor

Don Madelung is the vice president for Pierce Mortuary Colleges, a world leader in funeral service education that graduates more than a third of all students entering the funeral service profession in the United States. Previously Mr. Madelung served as the president of the Madison and Minneapolis Media Institutes from May 2012 to September 2014. He had a career spanning 38 years in postsecondary education until he retired in 2010. He is president of Madelung Consulting, LLC, and was a senior search consultant for Dieck Executive Search firm serving as the practice leader for postsecondary education, business, banking, government and non-profit organizations. He also served as director of Corporate Relations for the Madison Area Technical College Foundation. Mr. Madelung served with distinction as the president of Herzing University from 1989 through 2010. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Mr. Madelung served as vice president for Mitchell Sweet & Associates, Tempe, AZ, and was COO of CenCor Career Colleges, Kansas City, MO. He was the district coordinator for Student Financial Aid at the Kansas City Metropolitan Community College District and served as the director of Admission, Financial Aid and Veterans Coordinator at Avila College in Kansas City, MO. Mr. Madelung started his career as an admissions representative for Marycrest College, Davenport, IA. Appointed by Governor Walker to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact as a commissioner; appointed by Governor Walker to serve on the Educational Approval Board; and appointed by Governor Doyle to the Wisconsin Council for Workforce Investment. Other activities include: president of Board for Wisconsin Council for Independent Education; president and chairman of the Board for the Madison Metropolitan and Edgewood District Business and Education Partnership; board member for the National Education Co-op, a division of the Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; and past president for the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel. Mr. Madelung received his B.A. degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and his M.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with high honors. He is married to Sandra, an instructor at Madison College; has a son, Drew, who is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee, and a daughter, Britt, who is a graduate of UW-Madison. Updated: 10.21.2015