Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

From the director: '05 alum Shager joins school as associate director

From the Director
Susan Webb Yackee


Hilary Shager

The La Follette School is pleased to welcome 2005 alum Hilary Shager as the new associate director.

We are excited to have Hilary on board. In addition to helping our students with career development, she is taking over many of the administrative responsibilities of the associate director position, which traditionally has been held by a faculty member for a two-year term.

Most recently Hilary has been a research analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Families and Children, which she joined in 2010 while completing her Ph.D. in public policy at the University of Madison–Wisconsin. She also earned a minor in education sciences via an interdisciplinary training program fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Hilary also has twice taught our program evaluation course, bringing a perfect blend of her professional background and La Follette School training to our classroom. Ultimately, we expect she will teach a course or two every year.

Hilary's work experience is vast and impressive. She has top-notch management and leadership credentials, as well as considerable experience in hiring and career development. As a staff member of the Bureau of Performance Management, she provided research support for all of DCF's programs: early childhood care and education, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child support and child welfare. In addition, grant writing and management made up a large component of Hilary's responsibilities — she helped to procure and manage more than $60 million in federal grants. She used the quantitative skills she learned at La Follette every day, plus her management and human resources skills when she coordinated DCF projects and teams.

In addition, Hilary knows many La Follette School alumni from her time on campus and through her work with the state, and so will tap that network as she advises students about their career paths and helps them take advantage of internship and job opportunities.

Hilary joins the school's staff as part of a restructuring faculty undertook this year when career development coordinator and 2007 alum Kate Battiato announced her plans to move to California where her husband found work after completing his Ph.D. here at UW–Madison.

We look forward to working with Hilary in the years ahead.