UW-Green Bay Names Michael Alexander as Next Provost

Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller has named Michael Alexander UW-Green Bay’s next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“I am delighted Dr. Alexander will join the Phoenix community this summer as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “He brings extensive higher education experience and senior level leadership to the position. He is a collaborator and an innovator, both of which are critical to advancing the vision of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”


Michael Alexander

The provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs is the University’s second highest administrative officer and senior academic officer. The provost oversees programming and leadership of the four academic colleges; the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the Cofrin Library, the Office of Admissions, and leads the branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. The provost consults with the chancellor on all aspects of the University and speaks for the University in the chancellor’s absence. Alexander will serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and will become the institution’s 13th provost in its 53-year history.

The search for provost began after current Provost Gregory Davis notified the University community of his decision to return to the faculty beginning in the fall 2019 semester. Chancellor Miller named a committee of faculty, staff, students and community members to recommend candidates.

“The Search and Screen Committee reviewed a deep pool of candidates for UW-Green Bay’s top academic officer,” said Sheryl Van Gruensven, vice chancellor for business and finance and Search and Screen Committee Chair. “I want to thank committee members for their time and commitment during this process and thank Greg Davis who served in this important role over the past four years. I am excited to begin working with Michael to continue moving this great institution forward and on the rise.”

Alexander’s broad scope of administrative experience in higher education including leading over 100 faculty and staff, responsibility for enrollment and fiscal management, along with his record of community outreach and partnerships made him the top choice to serve as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The new provost comes to Green Bay having served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Grand Island, NY native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004. He earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee and his doctorate at UW-Madison.

“UW-Green Bay is operating under a new mission and an exciting vision of the future,” continued Chancellor Miller. “The range of opportunities before us is vast. Dr. Alexander understands this moment in time and will provide the energy and creativity we need to advance the University.”

Alexander begins in his new role on July 1, 2019.

“I am honored to be joining the UW-Green Bay community,” Alexander said. “The chance to support and work for the incredible faculty, staff and students at UW-Green Bay is exciting and humbling. I look forward to working with Chancellor Miller to continue to advance the ambitious mission of the university. It was apparent from the moment I arrived on campus that the future for UW-Green Bay is bright and full of opportunity. I look forward to returning to the state of Wisconsin and serving the region through our work. I am eager to get started, and of course, Go Phoenix!”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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