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.

Jeremy Wingerter

Jeremy Wingerter, Director of Development

Jeremy Wingerter joined the College of Business and Technology in July 2018. His primary responsibilities include providing overall leadership for the college's fundraising program, with primary emphasis on securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to support academic priorities of the college and the goals and objectives of the University's strategic plan "Higher Values in Higher Education."

Jeremy’s career has consisted of working on college campuses in Student Affairs, Alumni Relations, and Fundraising. Prior to his current role at WIU he spent ten years at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; eight years at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and two years at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University, and his associate degree from John Wood Community College in Quincy. He is completing an Ed.D. at the University of Southern California.

Karla White

Karla White, Office Administrator

Karla joined the College of Business and Technology (CBT) in April of 2019. She has worked at WIU since 1994, in the Departments of Educational Leadership and Music. Her main duties in CBT are budgetary and assistant to the Dean.

Karla grew up in the area and graduated from WIU with a B.A. in  2013 and a M.S. in 2017. 

In her spare time, Karla enjoys reading, crocheting and spending time with her family.