Michael M. Knetter joined the University of Wisconsin Foundation as president and chief executive officer on October 16, 2010 after eight years as dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. As dean, he orchestrated the novel $85 million Wisconsin Naming Gift, the expansion of Grainger Hall and the restructuring and improved national standing of the full-time MBA. In addition to leading the business school, Knetter worked with the campus leadership team to develop strategies to increase revenue as vice chancellor for advancement beginning in 2010.
Prior to joining the UW-Madison in 2002, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He also served as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
A native of Wisconsin, Knetter is a director of American Family Insurance and serves as a trustee of Neuberger Berman Funds. Recently he chaired the capital campaign for The Road Home Dane County, a non-profit that assists in finding housing and work solutions for homeless families in Dane County.
Knetter completed his undergraduate studies in economics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University.