Marty Loy Announces Retirement
After 36 years of service and many positions at UW-Stevens Point, Marty Loy is retiring on June 30, 2023.
A letter from Marty
I have enjoyed the most wonderful 36-year career at UW-Stevens Point.
My career would have been much less meaningful if it were not for you, my students and athletes, my colleagues, and the many other community members, alumni and donors who I have met along the way. Your passion and support for UWSP and our students have been no less than inspiring. You have made leading the College of Professional Studies easy, rewarding and genuine.
UWSP afforded me many challenges and opportunities to grow–starting as wrestling coach, then faculty member and for the past 13 years as dean. It has all been amazing and just look at what we have accomplished together.
- We professionalized our School of Business and Economics, opened the Anderson Classroom to Career Center, gained AACSB accreditation, added a degree in Data Analytics, opened a new MBA program, and just recently in partnership with Sentry announced a named Sentry School of Business and Economics.
- We added two doctoral programs: Doctor of Education in Educational Sustainability (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); and several additional new undergraduate and master’s degrees.
- With the help of Marshfield Clinic Health System, we reorganized to take advantage of our strong array of health degrees that will strengthen our health care workforce, creating what we call the “Super” School of Health Sciences and Wellness. Also, in collaboration with the Legacy Foundation, embarked on a large-scale population health project in South Wood County.
- We enhanced academic programs, created a Harju Center for Equity in Education, and provided many new student scholarships through a College of Professional Studies endowment that grew from $3.5 million to $26+ million.
I am so grateful for your help and generosity in making these successes possible. Working together, we have left a lasting mark on our college, programs, faculty and–most importantly–our students and the communities we serve.
A search is underway to hire my replacement by January 2024. I am excited to see who the next dean will be; and I look forward to joining you in supporting that person leading our future.
For now, I am still on the job and available, so feel free to reach out if you need anything.
With Warm Regards,
Dean, College of Professional Studies
Retirement Open House
Thursday, May 11
UWSP colleagues, donors, friends and former wrestlers recognized his contributions to UWSP during a retirement celebration. We all took away these three points from Marty’s manifesto:
- Be kind.
- Work hard.
- Say yes.
Wrestling Head Coach
Dean, College of Professional Studies
LOY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
For nearly 40 years, Marty and Becky Loy and their children, Maria, John, Ted and Emma were active at UWSP. Marty served as wrestling coach from 1987-98, faculty and associate dean from 1998-2010, and as dean of the College of Professional Studies from 2010-23, also serving one year as provost in 2022.
The Loy children were privileged to grow up around campus attending sporting events, learning in Gesell preschool, participating in sports, music and academic camps. They ran around the hallways, rolled around the wrestling mats and ate snacks in the Chancellor’s Box at Pointers football games. They volunteered as office receptionists, served as teaching assistants in Gesell and worked on the grounds crew. UWSP provided support to the Loy family when they needed it most. It has presented Marty with many opportunities and provided support when Becky established Camp HOPE.
For these reasons, the Loys are proud to establish the Loy Family Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an under-served or underrepresented student pursuing a College of Professional Studies degree as encouragement to continue from freshman to sophomore, or sophomore to junior years.
Marty Loy History and Accomplishments
Dean, College of Professional Studies (2010-23)
- Professionalized the business school receiving AACSB accreditation, adding a degree in Data Analytics and opening a new MBA program.
- Increased graduate enrollments three-fold.
- Added two doctoral programs: the Doctor of Education-Sustainability (Ed.D.), and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
- Added several new master’s degree programs including the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and Athletic Training (MS-AT).
- Reorganized the college, combining three existing health-related schools to create a new School of Health Sciences and Wellness, initiating the move of Athletics from the college to Student Affairs, and creating an advisory councils of business and health care executives.
- Led UWSP in dollars raised during the capital campaign, accounting for over $20 million of the $43 million raised, and securing and stewarding several of the largest gifts in UWSP’s history.
- Raised the endowment supporting the College of Professional Studies from $3.5 million to $26+ million.
- Played an instrumental role in the recently announced $10 million gift to name the Sentry School of Business and Economics.
- Remained at the forefront of promoting campus diversity, providing leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Served as interim vice chancellor for Advancement (2022).
- Established UWSP Online, Graduate and Program Growth Initiative.
Faculty Member (1998-2010)
- Promoted from lecturer to assistant professor (2000), associate professor with tenure (2004), and full professor (2007).
- Served as assistant dean and department chair of the School of Health Promotion and Human Development from 2002-2010.
- Received the 2001 UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Published two books, three book chapters, 15 articles, and received 14 grants totaling $688,000 that included a federal award to implement a faculty development program aimed at improving teaching and learning at UWSP.
- Book #1- Childhood Stress: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors, Whole Person Associates, 2010.
- Book #2- Losing a Parent to Suicide: Using Lived Experiences to Inform Bereavement Counseling, Routletge, 2014.
- Book Chapter: “Stress, Emotional Well-Being, and Mental Health,” in a leading textbook: Introduction to Health Promotion, Jossey-Bass, 20014 and 2023.
Wrestling Coach (1987-98)
- Coached UWSP’s first conference championship team in 33 years; and then won additional titles in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997.
- Coached UWSP teams to seven top 10 NCAA III Finishes.
- Coached the No. 1 academic team in 1995, with five Academic All-Americans.
- Five times named WSUC Wrestling Coach of the Year and nominated twice for NCAA III Coach of the Year.
- Inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame (2002); NCAA III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame (2006); and the Wisconsin Wrestling Hall of Fame (2017).
Marty LOY through the Years
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Slideshow Through the Years
Dean Marty Loy Jumps With Golden Knights at Fort Knox
Jumping out of a plane at 13,500 feet (2.5 miles) gave College of Professional Studies Dean Marty Loy quite a rush … and a better understanding of what UW-Stevens Point ROTC cadets go through each summer. Loy was among a select group of representatives from universities across the United States who acted as ambassadors during a Center of Influence (COI) tour at Fort Knox, Ky., June 12-15.
Throwback Fun: High School Wrestling
Marty Loy (River Valley) vs. Kevin Wasley (Mineral Point)