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Marty Loy

Marty Loy Announces Retirement

After 36 years of service and many positions at UW-Stevens Point, Marty Loy retired 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.

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,

Marty Loy
Dean, College of Professional Studies
UW-Stevens Point

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:
  1. Be kind.
  2. Work hard.
  3. Say yes.
11 Years
Wrestling Head Coach
— 1987-1998
12 Years
Faculty Member
— 1998-2010
13 Years
Dean, College of Professional Studies
— 2010-2023

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).

Provost (2021-22)

  • 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


Throwback Fun: High School Wrestling