For his professional achievements, involvement in community activities, and service contribution to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the NWTC Alumni Association is proud to present Dean Kroll, AIA, with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Since graduating from NWTC’s Architectural Drafting Program in 1991, Mr. Kroll has built a career designing, building and managing construction projects across Wisconsin. His current position as the Divisional Director of Plant Services at Hospital Sisters Health Systems (HSHS) places him on the front lines of major medical expansion projects for St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Nicholas and St. Vincent Hospitals in Wisconsin. As a dedicated father and citizen, he’s taken an equally active role in his community.
Mr. Kroll, a Pulaski High School graduate, came to NWTC with a love of design and drafting. He credits NWTC with providing him the hands-on experience that set him apart from some of his colleagues. “The technical skills I learned at NWTC were very useful. It’s a hand-on education and came in handy when I became a state-certified architect.”
Upon completing his degree, he immersed himself in the world of construction, spending two years working for a general contractor in Waukesha, Wis. A new position at Schuh Construction, Inc. brought him back to northeast Wisconsin, where his talent for drafting and project management flourished over the next ten years.
The road to his current position in healthcare began at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in 2002. Starting as a construction specialist, by 2007 he became the Director of St. Mary’s Plant Operations. In 2011, he took over responsibility for all major construction projects and maintenance for the Eastern Division of HSHS as the Divisional Plant Director.
During his time with the hospitals, he’s led the design and construction for millions of dollars in projects, including emergency rooms, surgery units, and a cancer center, all while managing maintenance and upkeep for 2.2 million square feet of space.
Working as the liaison between architects and medical staff, he views every project as an interesting challenge. “In the medical field, every job is different, you’re constantly learning. Seeing a project from an idea state all the way to construction is really gratifying.”
His success in industry is matched by his commitment to family and community. As the father of two sons, he’s coached baseball, managed hockey, and served as the President of Camp POP, a summer camp for kids with cognitive disabilities.
As a community leader, he’s also worked to define the future look of Green Bay. While at St. Mary’s, he partnered with the city to create the “West Side Medical Corridor” blue print and in 2010, he served as a representative for the “Military Ave-Beyond the Curb” citizen’s committee to revitalize Military Avenue. And he continues to give back to NWTC. His work overseeing LEED, green projects for St. Mary’s brought him back to NWTC to steer the development of a Sustainability program within the school.
Mr. Kroll lives in Howard, with his sons Noah, Nathan, his fiancé Suzette Hackl and her daughter and son Carlee and Cameron.