Video: Message from UW-Green Bay Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven to the campus community

UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven addresses the UW-Green Bay community (March 14, 2020) regarding this unprecedented time for the University and the world. Updates regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 can be found, here.

Transcript summary:

  • This is an unprecedented time for our university and our world. We know there is great uncertainty regarding what lies ahead.
  • We want to assure everyone that UW-Green Bay is taking action in an abundance of caution to protect your health and safety of as well as to participate in our nation’s call for containment of COVID-19.
  • We must be a part of the solution. Thank you for taking this seriously and doing the right thing by following the containment guidance you have been given.
  • We understand this is disruptive and stressful for students. Please don’t drop your classes. Education will continue but will look different for the time being. Know that we are here to support you.
  • UW-Green Bay will continue to rise during this challenging time and meet our new reality head-on. The days ahead require creativity, problem solving, tenacity and resilience—all the things UW-Green Bay has stood for over the years and that are built into our collective DNA. This is who we are.
  • We are all being asked to be innovative and responsive to the circumstances we face. We will do so while continuing to meet our mission of access and providing the highest quality instruction possible.
  • You have my promise: We will continue to keep you informed. And we will always keep the best interests of our students, faculty and staff a priority in the decisions we make.
  • In the days ahead…Stay safe. Stay informed. Take care of each other. And please do your part to contain this virus. We are all in this together: What each of us does matters. Our world and communities  are counting on us.


Video by Sue Pischke and Dan Moore, UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication

Final open forum for UW-Green Bay chancellor candidates is Thursday, March 5 with Michael Alexander

UW-Green Bay’s Provost Michael Alexander is the final candidate for UW-Green Bay chancellor. The open forum in which he will address the public and the campus community is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center. Video streaming is also available at the Chancellor Search website. Feedback on all candidates is welcome through a feedback form.

Next chancellor candidate open forum is tomorrow, Feb. 27

Mark L. Biermann
Mark L. Biermann

Mark L. Biermann, Valparaiso University provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, is the second chancellor candidate scheduled to be on campus. The open forum will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 27) in Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  View Biermann’s CV (pdf).

Video Streaming is available for those unable to attend in person. Attendees may submit questions remotely to

This session offers opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to interact directly with the candidate. All are highly encouraged to participate in this important step in the selection process for the University’s seventh chancellor, including the opportunity to offer feedback on each candidate.

For more information, visit the Chancellor Search page.

Four finalists remain in search for UW-Green Bay chancellor | WHBY

The search for a new chancellor at UW-Green Bay is down to four finalists. The University’s Provost and Vice Chancellor Michael Alexander is in the running. The other three finalists are former Stockton University provost Lori Vermeulen, American University Policy Fellow Teresa Flannery, and Valparaiso University Provost Mark Biermann. They’ll all visit UW-Green Bay later this month, or early next month. All four will be interviewed again on March 26th. Source: 4 finalists in search for UW-GB chancellor | WHBY.

Finalists selected for UW-Green Bay chancellor position |

Four finalists have been selected for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay chancellor position. University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced the finalists on Wednesday. The finalists will now continue in the selection process. Source: Finalists selected for UW-Green Bay chancellor position |

UW-Green Bay's Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven gives the opening remarks at the winter 2019 Commencement ceremony at the UW-Green Bay Weidner Center.

Videos: Get to know UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven

UW-Green Bay’s Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven shares her story about becoming the first female chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Van Gruensven actively seeks to inspire women to pursue a higher education path and seize leadership opportunities.

Those who best know Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven say she has an insatiable curiosity. But do you they know her favorite food? Favorite vacation spot? Who she would like to have dinner with? Watch and learn more.


– Videos by Dan Moore and Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Vice Chancellor Arneson leaving for post at Kennesaw University in Georgia

In a letter from Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven today to the UW-Green Bay campus community, she announced the resignation of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arenson, who will be leaving UW-Green Bay for a new role as vice president for Student Affairs at Kennesaw University in Georgia.

“I want to thank Eric for the vision and transformational leadership he has brought to the University during this critical time in our history,” Van Gruensven noted. “As the inaugural vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, he worked across campus to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and put forward several significant initiatives.”

Among the initiatives left in his legacy:

-The creation of the Phoenix Cares website to assist students with needs ranging from academic to financial to mental health and beyond

-A new first-year student convocation

-The Phoenix Connection program, which provides Student Affairs staff mentors for more than 200 students

“As a University, we are moving in a direction to more accurately represent the region we serve. Eric has been an instrumental leader in starting that transformation,” Van Gruensven said. “I am working with Eric and his team on a transition plan and will share details shortly. In the days ahead, please join me in thanking him for his many contributions to UW-Green Bay. We wish him, his wife Tenaye and their son, Kenny all the best as they embark upon their new adventure in the metro Atlanta area.”

Call for chancellor nominations

The Chancellor Search & Screen Committee encourages faculty and staff to submit nominations for UW-Green Bay’s next chancellor. The search is being supported by WittKieffer, a leading executive search firm with a strong focus on higher education. Nominations and recommendations can be submitted to WittKieffer and to the Search and Screen Committee by email to

Please include the institution or organization where the nominee is employed. Contact information and comments are helpful, but not required. WittKieffer will follow up promptly on all nominations with the hope that these prospects will show interest and ultimately apply. Complete applications received by December 13, 2019 are assured full consideration.

The finalized leadership profile that outlines the qualifications and qualities expected in the successful candidate—as well as the opportunities presented to this leader—can be accessed through this link.

Saluting the flag at the UW-Green Bay Veterans Day Reception

Photo gallery: Saluting UW-Green Bay veterans, families and active military

Typically a combination of both somber and celebratory, the annual UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, held Monday, November 11, 2019, was no exception. The Phoenix Room was packed, as members of the campus and community gathered to honor vets and active military members.

As Chancellor Van Gruensven welcomed guests, she shared her personal story and pride in those who sacrifice and serve. Van Gruensven’s father, Robert Starck, Sr. is an 87-year old Marine and Korean War veteran, who still wears his scars, and, she shared, “has a purple heart in his memory chest.” Van Gruensven shared the pain of the tremendous loss suffered by her family, when a nephew, a former member of the 82nd Airborne Unit in the Army, passed from complications brought on by PTSD following multiple tours in the Middle East.

Jones, a UW-Green Bay Police officer, is a member of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota, Air National Guard, and returned recently from active duty. But while he and his fellow soldiers have returned without casualty, he has witnessed plenty of it… especially in the States. Jones was an innocent bystander and concert goer at what has been labeled the “Las Vegas Massacre,” where 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in October of 2017 at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Jones, a decorated officer, was able to use his instincts as a police officer and trained military to usher his friends and other concert goer to safety during the horrific few moments when a gunman sprayed the crowd with bullets from a nearby hotel room and then committed suicide.

Jones spoke to the packed room about life lessons in resiliency.

UW-Green Bay Music, once again honored the vets with an “Armed Forces Salute.”

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Save the date: Chancellor’s Security Walk on Nov. 5

Join Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven on the annual Chancellor’s Security Walk, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The event is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in open dialogue and a walk with the Chancellor and University leadership to discuss and highlight areas of concern that may affect security and safety on campus (e.g., areas of inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs, concern over traffic or pedestrian safety). The initial meeting place is in the MAC Hall Gathering Room (201) at 5 p.m., with the security walk to follow.