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Wallace named provost at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY — Julia E. Wallace, executive vice president and provost of Central Michigan University, today was named the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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UW-Green Bay Chancellor-designee Thomas K. Harden announced the selection of Wallace, whose appointment is effective July 27. She was selected from a field of three finalists and more than 50 applicants.

“I am happy to make this announcement today,” Harden said. “Dr. Wallace comes highly recommended from her many colleagues. Her character and ability are outstanding, and her continual support for students and for faculty is also very strong. I am certain she will do an excellent job for the University.”

Wallace is honored she was selected as the University’s next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“From my first breakfast with members of the search committee I knew there was a great connection between what I value as important in higher education for today’s students and what UW- Green Bay’s campus community has to offer,” Wallace said. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Harden and the academic community to ensure we provide the best possible academic experiences for our students.”

The provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs is the chief academic officer reporting to the chancellor.

Wallace will be the permanent successor to Susan K. Hammersmith, who served the University from July 2002 until May 2008, when she became president of Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities.

Bill Laatsch, a longtime professor of Urban and Regional Studies at UW-Green Bay, has served as interim provost since Hammersmith’s resignation.

At Central Michigan, the state’s fourth-largest public university with more than 27,000 students, Wallace has oversight for five undergraduate colleges: Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Education and Human Services, Health Professions, and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also provides leadership to Student Services, the College of Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs, ProfEd (online/off-campus programs), Information Technology, Library, Office of International Education and Study Abroad, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

“The experience she gained helping lead Central Michigan University will be invaluable in her role at UW-Green Bay,” Harden said. “That experience helped set her apart from other candidates.”

Prior to her time at Central Michigan, Wallace served as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oswego, a Master’s of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master’s of Science in Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, and a Doctorate of Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The selection of Wallace gives UW-Green Bay an experienced leadership team. Harden was president of Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga., when he was chosen to succeed Chancellor Bruce Shepard last December. Harden will begin on June 1.

Harden expressed his gratitude to the 11-member provost search and screen committee representing faculty, staff and students at UW-Green Bay. The committee, chaired by Prof. Tim Meyer, began its nationwide search to fill the position in February.

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