New presidents or provosts: Belmont, Empire, Everett, Hastings, Ottawa, Tallahassee, UNC, Asheville, UWGB, Washington State, Winthrop

Michael Alexander, director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, has been selected as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. See more via New presidents or provosts: Belmont Empire Everett Hastings Ottawa Tallahassee UNC Asheville UWGB Washington State Winthrop, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 21.

Roger Wareham begins as director of Grants and Research

Roger Wareham has been named director of the Office of Grants and Research. He most recently served as the executive director of Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of West Georgia (UWG), where he worked with faculty, staff and administrators in seeking external funds and managing support for scholarly, creative and institutional initiatives.

Roger Wareham

From 2009-2018, he was the director of the Grants Development Office at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM), a public liberal arts college that is part of the University of Minnesota System. He also served in a similar capacity at UW-Eau Claire.

Wareham has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has conducted numerous national, regional and local presentations, discussion groups and workshops, and has served NCURA both regionally and nationally. He is a graduate of NCURA’s Executive Leadership Program and serves as a reviewer-advisor for the NCURA Peer Review Program.

It’s official: Dornbush named dean of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Matt Dornbush
Mathew Dornbush

After a nationwide search, it’s one of UW-Green Bay’s own that rises to the top. Provost Greg Davis announced today that Mathew Dornbush, most recently interim dean, has been named the permanent dean for UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

“Matt’s incredible contributions as an interim dean, following on a strong foundation in his current role as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of graduate studies, are impressive and set the stage for a successful tenure in leading our business school,” Davis shared.

“Matt has a record of mission-focused, forward-looking leadership at every position he’s held at UW-Green Bay, including the interim dean position in the Austin E Cofrin School of Business,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “As a distinguished biologist, he is a unique fit for this position, but he has proven to be capable in creating collaborations all over the University with the School of Business. The University and the region’s business community are set up for long-term success with Dean Matt Dornbush!”

Dornbush was named interim dean in August 14, 2018, after the retirement of Douglas Hensler. Prior to that role, he served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and director of Graduate Studies since 2015. A member of the faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, the biologist is also an active scholar and researcher. He was especially effective in his role reinvigorating and leading Graduate Studies. Four years ago, the campus was on the verge of losing its Carnegie classification as a master’s degree-granting institution because of low enrollment. This year UW-Green Bay will approach 200 master’s degree graduates and the University will be classified as a “large” master’s degree-granting institution.

Dornbush received his B.A. from Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) before joining UW-Green Bay in 2005. Dornbush brings a strong record of scholarly production, with more than $1 million dollars in external grant awards, numerous publications and more than 670 citations to his scholarly writings. In his role as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of graduate studies, he had responsibility for budgeting, extramural granting, faculty professional development and graduate programing. He has had significant community engagement responsibilities throughout his time as associate vice chancellor.

The dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business provides academic and administrative leadership for and oversight over all School of Business programs. The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is a community of teachers, scholars and learners dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of northeastern Wisconsin through partnership, impactful research, and quality educational programing. Dornbush is expected to lead the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business through the AACSB accreditation process. The School is expected to grow significantly as its academic programs and scholarship align with key economic and business sectors of Northeast Wisconsin. The dean will develop a vigorous program of external networking with business including establishing partnerships to connect the Cofrin School of Business to the local and regional economy.

A public announcement and news release will follow next week.

It’s official: New UW-Green Bay Mission

The year-long UW-Green Bay remissioning process concluded Tuesday, May 15, 2019 with approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — the last step needed to make the the 178-word statement official.

In the past year, UW-Green Bay sought a substantive change to the select mission in order to adopt a mission that matches established programs and partnerships; demonstrates commitment to new branch campuses and communities; and better aligns with the vision of the institution. The new UW-Green Bay Mission was developed in 2018 and revised with input from the Faculty Senate and Academic Staff Council. Campus hosted a public hearing in March 2019 and on April 25, 2019 the UW System Board of Regents approved the new mission. The text of the mission is as follows:

The UW-Green Bay Select Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a multi-campus comprehensive university offering exemplary undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral programs and operating with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and service to the community. The University provides a problem focused educational experience that promotes critical thinking and student success.

The culture and vision of the University reflect a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement, and educational opportunity at all levels. Our core values embrace community-based partnerships, collaborative faculty scholarship and innovation.

Our commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability is demonstrated through a wide array of programs and certifications offered in four colleges: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science, Engineering and Technology (including the Richard Resch School of Engineering); College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, leading to a range of degrees, including AAS, BA, BAS, BBA, BM, BS, BSN, BSW, MS, MSW, MSN, and Ed.D.​

See media coverage on incoming Provost Michael Alexander

UW-Green Bay has named Michael Alexander as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Alexander previously served as the director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, as well as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Read more from Fox 11 and Insight on Business.

Spring semester success in Social Work: International collaboration with University of Gothenburg in Sweden

The Social Work Professional Programs and the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare (CHESW) proudly hosted guests from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden’s Social Work Department to explore international student and faculty exchanges between UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg’s International Master’s in Social Work and Human Rights. This effort builds upon the recent sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who spent several months at the University of Gothenburg in 2018.

Helena Johansson, Deputy Head of Social Work, Lena Andersson, International Coordinator and Social Work faculty member, who visited UW-Green Bay from February 23-March 2, 2019, joined several enthusiastic UW-Green Bay campus and community members in a Welcome Reception and Dinner hosted by the Provost’s office in the 1965 Room, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. While in Green Bay, Johansson and Andersson also met with UW-Green Bay administrators, numerous faculty and staff campus wide, local Swedish guests and a host of community providers to explore UW-Green Bay and the broader community. Plans are underway in the Social Work Professional Program in conjunction with the University of Gothenburg, CHESW, the Provost’s Office and the Office of International Education to fully develop the collaboration over the next academic year. Check out the photos.

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


Candidate Forums for the Dean of the Cofrin School of Business continue Monday, May 6

Three more candidates will be on campus May 6-9, 2019 to interview for the position of dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Campus members are invited and encouraged to attend the open forums, all held in the Christie Theatre, University Union, Green Bay Campus. Below is the schedule for open forums for the remaining candidates.

Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kevin Berry

Tuesday 7, 2019, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Gurupdesh Pandher

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Mathew Dornbush

URSCA, year two. Congratulations and thank you!

For the second consecutive year, UW-Green Bay hosted the 18th annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) on Friday, April 26, 2019. This event, which rotates between the UW System campuses, had more than 400 students in attendance from across the UW System. The attendance of UW-Green Bay community members, family members of the researchers, faculty from other UW campuses and UW System officials added to the exciting atmosphere of the event. There was 263 presentations of research including poster presentations, gallery exhibits, visuals, and artistic and oral performances in all disciplines from natural science, biology, and technology, to social science and history.

Organizers wish to thank all the volunteers who contributed to the well-run event including the UW-Green Bay Ambassadors, faculty and staff. Much appreciation to the Kress Events Center and University Union staff. A very special thank you to Teri Ternes, Claire Carviou and Emily Wolf for assisting in the organization of this event. The next UW Undergraduate Research Symposiums will be hosted by UW-Whitewater in 2020 and 2021.

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URSCA 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
– Story by student Natalie Gardner