Madison College Cabinet Members

The Madison Area Technical College cabinet operates under the President's Office and District Board of Trustees

  • Provost
    Madison College Provost Turina Bakken

    Turina Bakken, Ph.D

    Executive Assistants:
    Jennifer Zarrinnam, (608) 245-5862

    Turina Bakken is the provost at Madison College. She has served as vice provost, associate vice president, dean, associate dean, program director and faculty member. Bakken is a member of the College Assembly and holds board of director positions for multiple organizations outside of the college.

    She was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award in 2006 and received the college’s Outstanding Employee award in 2010. In 2016, she received the Dr. Idahlynee Karre Exemplary Leadership Award from the national chair committee.

    She holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bakken earned a master of science in marketing and organizational theory, bachelor of applied arts in marketing with a specialization in international business, bachelor of arts in French area studies and a certificate from the Faculte des Lettres in Aix en Provence, France.

    In addition to her accomplishments at Madison College, Bakken has served as color commentator for University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s hockey and hosted a sports radio show on the BIG1070 and ESPN radio.


  • Student Affairs


    Dr. Howard Spearman

    Dr. Howard Spearman
    Vice President of Student Affairs / CSSO

    Executive Assistant:
    Beth Eggemeier, (608) 246-6198


    Focusing on higher education as a personal and professional growth strategy, Dr. Howard Spearman integrates his person-centered approach into his professional and community relationships. 

    Professionally, Dr. Spearman has served as a Vice President of Student Affairs for approximately five years. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Madison College in Madison, WI. 

    Dr. Spearman graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, WI. He earned both, his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Affairs, from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2009, Dr. Spearman earned his Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and honored to be recognized as a UW Oshkosh Outstanding Young Alumni recipient. 

    Last, but not least, Dr. Howard Spearman is happily married with three growing sons. 


  • Administrative Services
    Madison College Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas
    Chief Financial Officer and Vice President

    Administrative Services
    (608) 246-6301

    Executive Assistant:
    Jill Spilde, (608) 246-6037

    Mark Thomas has been the chief financial officer and vice president of Administrative Services at Madison Area Technical College since 2014.

    Thomas worked in the public and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for more than 20 years as a chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, chief of staff and budget director.

    He has guest-lectured on public finance and administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

    Thomas serves on the finance committee and executive board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County, and is a trustee of the Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative, a $1.5 billion nonprofit that provides investment fund options to local Wisconsin units of government. In 2017, he was grateful to receive the Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year award from the Community College Business Officers.

    Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University, master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago, and has received additional training at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.


    • Special Assistant to the Vice President
    • Financial Services
    • Auxiliary Services
    • Public Safety Services
    • Office of Budget and Management
    • Director of Operations
  • Human Resources

    Rosemary Buschhaus

    Associate Vice President of Human Resources

    Title IX Coordinator-Employees

    ADA/504 Coordinator

    (608) 246-6904

    Contact Executive Assistant:
    Michelle Abreu, (608) 243-4265


    • EEO/AA & Title IX
    • Employee Relations
    • Human Resources Information Systems
    • Professional Development
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Compensation & Benefits
  • Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
    Madison College Vice President Tim Casper

    Tim Casper, Ed.D
    Vice President

    Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
    (608) 246-6035

    Executive Assistant:
    Kimberley Brudny, (608) 246-6035

    Dr. Tim Casper is the vice president for Institutional Learning and Effectiveness at Madison Area Technical College.

    In 2016, he led the successful process of the college’s re-accreditation. From 2015 – 2016, he organized the development and communication of the needs analysis related to the college’s Madison Metro campus facilities. During 2017, Casper led community engagement efforts related to programmatic and facility needs for a new campus in South Madison.

    Presently, Casper is leading a college-wide effort to improve student course success by providing faculty with specific student engagement best practices in the classroom.

    Casper earned his doctorate from Edgewood College, obtained a master of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


    • Institutional Research and Effectiveness
    • Grants
    • Technology Services
    • Government Relations
    • Marketing & Public Relations
    • Institutional Accreditation
    • Strategic Planning
  • Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
    Madison College Vice President Lucia Nunez

    Lucía Nuñez
    Vice President
    Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
    (608) 246-6434

    Executive Assistant:
    Vicki Weber, (608) 246-6183

    Lucía Nuñez is the vice president of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for Madison College. She has more than 30 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, social service and education sectors, in addition to publishing educational books for teachers. Nuñez has previously been a teacher, trainer and Peace Corp volunteer.

    She received her master’s in international education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Nuñez also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and Hispanic studies from Connecticut College.

    Originally from Cuba, she grew up in the Caribbean from the Guantanamo Naval Base to the U.S. Virgin Islands before coming to the United States to study and live.