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.”

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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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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.

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

URSCA 2019

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

Mark your calendars: Spring All Academic Staff Assembly is Thursday, May 9

The Spring All Academic Staff Assembly is Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. The assembly agenda will be posted soon and will include updates from Chancellor Miller, Provost Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor Clif Ganyard and more. All are invited to an Academic Staff end-of-the-year social to follow at 4:30 p.m. at Shorewood Club. The 2018-19 Academic Staff Committee (ASC) meets biweekly on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. in Cofrin Library (CL) 735. Committee meetings are open governance group meetings. Contact any member of the 2018-19 committee: Jamee Haslam Sherri Arendt, Lynn Niemi, Eric Craver, Jan Malchow, Bao Sengkhammee, Parker Nadeau, Bethany Welch and Mark Krell.

Reminder: Please complete feedback form for provost search today, Apr. 25

Please take time to complete the candidate feedback form for the Provost Search at no later than the end of business on Thursday, April 25. The Search and Screen Committee will be meeting on Friday to discuss the candidates and your feedback is important to the process. As to next steps of the process, the committee will submit to Chancellor Gary L. Miller areas of strengths and weaknesses for each candidate with the intent of presenting at least two unranked final candidates who the committee believes offer the strongest set of experiences, competencies and attributes to serve as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. An announcement naming the new leader will be made as soon as feasible with the goal for the new provost to begin work in the summer.

Reminder: Provost Search and Screen Open Forums, feedback link

The finalists for the UW-Green Bay Provost position have been announced and open forums for two of the candidates remain. The search committee would like your feedback.

Tuesday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Alexander
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Wednesday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
Robert Brinkmann
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Reminder: Provost Open Forums begin Friday, April 19

The finalists for the UW-Green Bay Provost position have been announced. The campus community is invited to the following open forums to hear from each of them:

Friday, April 19, 9-10 a.m.
Ilene Crawford
in the 1965 Room, University Union

Tuesday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Alexander
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Wednesday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
Robert Brinkmann
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Provost Search and Screen: Open Forums

The finalists for the UW-Green Bay Provost position have been announced. The campus community is invited to the following open forums to hear from each of them:

Friday, April 19, 9-10 a.m.
Ilene Crawford
in the 1965 Room, University Union

Tuesday, April 23, 9-10 a.m.
Michael Alexander
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Wednesday, April 24, 9-10 a.m.
Robert Brinkmann
in the Christie Theatre, University Union

Reminder: Sabbatical call for 2020-2021 academic year deadline is Friday, Mar. 29

The Office of the Provost is soliciting sabbatical proposals for the academic year 2020-2021. The number of sabbaticals awarded will depend on the quality of proposals submitted and the ability to cover the curriculum.  All eligible faculty are invited to submit proposals for these awards by Friday, March 29, 2019.  Please direct any questions to Clifton Ganyard, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, at x2033 or via email at ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

Provost Leadership Profile and Position Announcement now posted

The Provost Leadership Profile and Position Announcement are now posted to the Provost Search and Screen website. As the search firm and search committee continues its work of building the candidate pool, nominations of candidates are welcome from the UW-Green Bay community, and may be submitted in confidence to Shelley Feather at shelleyfeather@greenwoodsearch.com at Greenwood/Asher and Associates or Chair Sheryl Van Gruensven at vangrues@uwgb.edu.