Peggy Hacker found her perfect job before graduating college.
While attending college as an undergraduate student, Hacker got a part-time job as a student secretary in the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Frank J. Remington Center. By the time she graduated, Hacker said she was so inspired by the passion and commitment of the center’s faculty she wanted to stay and help advance the mission of the organization.
“There have been so many (memorable) moments during the past 23-plus years it would be hard to pick just one,” she said. “Honestly, I think being able to be a part of and practice the Wisconsin Idea daily — through service and education, and opportunities to create new projects in which people can work to make the world a little bit better place in the ways that they can — will always be the most memorable/notable aspect of my work with the Remington Center.”
Hacker takes on various tasks at the Remington Center, serving as office manager and chief operating officer. She keeps the books balanced, supervises administrative staff, updates the website, writes press releases, and administers and makes sure the center’s mission advances.
She has also taken on initiatives to modernize the office by overseeing a transition to a paperless facility and implementing a system used by staff to perform conflict checks.
Hacker has also expanded her influence beyond the Remington Center. She’s recently lent her expertise to the dean’s office and the Center for Patient Partnerships.
“She’s currently a key member of the law school’s assessment initiative, becoming the go-to-person who helps our faculty understand how to better measure our student’s success,” said Steven Wright, a clinical assistant professor at the law school. “In fact, Peggy’s helping us rethink our educational strategies. She’s dedicated to improving the way that we teach students in a clinical setting.”
Hacker said she has been inspired by all the people she has worked with over the years, from deans and staff, such as Dean Margaret Raymond, Associate Dean Carrie Sperling, Associate Dean Bethany Pluymers, Michele LaVigne, Meg Gaines and former Director Meredith Ross.