College of Business & Technology

Office of the Dean, College of Business and Technology

The Dean’s Office organizes communication among the seven academic departments and oversees the day to day operations of Stipes Hall. The college dean serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Jack Elfrink

John "Jack" Elfrink, Interim Dean

Jack Elfrink joined the College of Business and Technology as Interim Dean in July 2017. Elfrink received his Ph.D. from St. Louis University and his MBA in accounting and B.S. in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Elfrink first came to WIU in August of 2006 as the Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He served as the Associate Dean from 2009 to 2010 and was vital to the success of the college in retaining the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation for the undergraduate and graduate programs in the accountancy and business fields. He has also served as the college’s Assessment Coordinator.

Prior to his appointment at WIU he spent twelve years at the University of Central Missouri where he served as Dean, Director of the Financial Planning Program, Chair and Professor in the Department of Accounting. In addition, he taught at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI; Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; McKendree College, Lebanon, IL; Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO; and William Woods College, Fulton, MO.

Elfrink is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with several years of experience in public accounting.

Tara Feld

Tara Feld, Interim Associate Dean/MBA Director

Tara (Westerhold) Feld joined the College of Business and Technology as Interim Associate Dean in July 2019. Feld received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina in 1998 and a B.S. in Economics and International Business at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tara originally joined the WIU economics faculty in 1998 with specializations in applied microeconomics and public finance. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate economics courses, including the Managerial Economics course required in the MBA program. During her time here at WIU, Tara served as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, and as Interim Department Chair from 2017-2019.

Her current research focuses on two areas: pedagogical research examining student learning outcomes across different learning environments (traditional, hybrid, and online formats) as well as experimental work examining social norms for equity.

Suzanne Woodward

Suzanne Woodward, Development Officer








Candice Biswell

Candice Biswell, Office Administrator

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Candice came to WIU as a student and has made Macomb her home. She has a B.S. in Psychology from WIU. Prior to working at the university, she had many interesting jobs including business manager at a radio station and legal secretary. Since joining the WIU staff Candice has worked in several departments, including Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Instructional Design and Technology, Mathematics and Philosophy, and Human Resources in addition to the College of Business and Technology Dean’s Office.