Whitewater, Wisconsin
Mar 01, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) seeks applications from and nominations of exceptional, energetic, and unifying leaders for the position of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  The Chancellor of each UW institution reports to the President of the UW System.

Founded in 1868, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago. The University serves more than 13,000 students at its Whitewater and Rock County campuses.  In Fall 2018 UW-Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW-Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives.

UW-Whitewater embraces the Wisconsin Idea and is an economic and cultural driver of the region. The university is nationally and internationally recognized for the accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It is an inclusive educational community with a deep commitment to access that inspires the campus to serve students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities. The university has a longstanding special mission to serve students with disabilities. As engaged global citizens, members of the campus community make positive contributions to the State of Wisconsin, to the nation and to the world.  

The campus nurtures a collegial, supportive, and collaborative environment. The university employs approximately 1,408 people, including 373 faculty, 562 academic staff and 352 university staff. The 2018-19 university budget is $269 million and the university endowment is $26.2 million.

UW-Whitewater is a thriving, comprehensive university offering more than 50 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degree programs, one doctoral degree, and one education specialist degree. The UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County academic programs span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These programs prepare students to become lifelong learners who lead successful lives and productive careers.

UW-Whitewater seeks a chancellor with the capacity to lead an energetic institution within a large and dynamic public higher education system. Among others, applicants or nominees should have the following professional and personal characteristics:  A record of relevant professional accomplishment and relevant background to earn the respect and trust of the University community; a Ph.D. or terminal degree and substantial experience in higher education, which would merit tenure and the rank of professor in an academic department at UW–Whitewater, is strongly preferred;  the ability to formulate, articulate, and implement a vision for the future of higher education in a comprehensive university environment and to advance the university's mission; ability to be a participant and leader in the community, including a commitment to a community partnership to grow the regional economy and to effectively advance fund development for the university; a commitment to uphold, defend, and rely upon Wisconsin’s traditional practice of shared governance with faculty, academic staff, university staff, and students that provides for a collaborative leadership style that emphasizes openness, consultation, and academic freedom;  ability to represent the institution effectively to its many constituencies, including System Administration, the Regents, community and business leaders, alumni and governmental leaders; a demonstrated commitment to support and enhance inclusivity  and the cultural awareness, and diversity of the student, faculty, and staff populations on campus and in the community; an individual who possesses personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, compassion, resilience, energy, and a sense of humor; ability to effectively manage complex and varied budgets; ability to lead faculty, staff, administrators, students, and other constituents in implementing the current and future strategic plans; ability to elevate UW-Whitewater to greater national prominence; an understanding of trends in higher education and an ability to innovate with new technologies; and a demonstrated commitment to maintain and enhance the quality of student life.

For additional information on the Chancellor search, including a full list of qualifications, please view the leadership profile and position description at:

The position will remain open until filled. However, only applications received by March 29, 2019, are assured full consideration. Nominations and expressions of interest will be treated in confidence; references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except the identities of those identified as final candidates. See Wis. Stat. § 19.36(7). t. Employment will require a criminal background check.  It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the criteria listed above, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of at least five professional references that includes faculty, student, and community leaders and provides full contact information. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Steve Leo, Partner

Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

[email protected]

(610) 572-4296

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