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Michael Knetter

Expert on macroeconomics, international finance, fiscal and monetary policy, higher education funding and philanthropy

CEO, UW Foundation Wisconsin School of Business Work: 608-308-5468 Home page


  • Macroeconomics, macroeconomic indicators, economic growth
  • Governance models of public companies, mutual funds and higher education systems
  • International trade and finance
  • Business schools and business education
  • Higher education, especially financing higher education
  • Philanthropy


  • As dean: $85 million Wisconsin naming gift, expansion of Grainger Hall, restructuring and improved national standing of the full-time MBA, expansion of enterprise
  • Senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
  • Research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Chair of capital campaign for Interfaith Hospitality Network, a nonprofit that assists in finding housing and work solutions for homeless families in Dane County
  • Trustee of Neuberger Berman Funds and Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, board member for Wausau Paper and American Family Insurance