MADISON― University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly has appointed a 17-member search-and-screen committee to identify a successor to UW-Whitewater Chancellor Jack Miller.

The committee will be chaired by Jimmy Peltier, the Arno Kleimenhagen Professor of Marketing at UW-Whitewater. He will be joined by eight other faculty members, two academic staff members, two students, two university administrators, and two community members.

“Students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds are fortunate to live, learn, and work in a positive and supportive environment at UW-Whitewater,” Reilly said.  “UW-Whitewater’s strengths in business, community outreach, and economic development are evident in every corner of the region, and this search is intended to strengthen UW-Whitewater’s capacity to make a real difference in the lives of the region’s residents. I am confident the committee will identify the best possible leadership.”

The committee will begin its work this spring and continue through the academic year. It will recommend at least five candidates who could replace Miller, who has accepted the presidency of Central Connecticut State University.

“UW-Whitewater prides itself on being a major contributor to the economic health and quality of life in Wisconsin, through a wide range of academic programs that produce top-caliber graduates,” Peltier said. “The university also has a strong commitment to diversity, applied research, community service and programs that directly promote business growth.

“We will seek a new chancellor who will continue to help us advance these core values and set high standards for all aspects of the university,” Peltier added. “The ideal chancellor will also be a strong leader for both the campus community and external constituents, including alumni, community leaders, parents and employers.”

The UW System President and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents will conduct final interviews and make a recommendation to the full board.

Members of the UW-Whitewater Chancellor Search and Screen Committee are:

  • Faculty: Jimmy Peltier, Arno Kleimenhagen professor of marketing (chair); Bruce Bukowski, associate professor of health, physical education, recreation and coaching, and director of the Academic Advising & Exploration Center; John Chenoweth, assistant professor of information technology and business education; John Dominguez, professor of economics; Bruce Eshelman, chair and associate professor of biological sciences; Katharina Heyning, chair and associate professor of curriculum and instruction; Susan Johnson, associate professor of political science; Mary Pinkerton, associate professor of languages and literature, and associate dean of the College of Letters and Science; and Sally Vogl-Bauer, associate professor of communication.
  • Academic Staff: Therese Kennedy, associate director of recreation and sports facilities, and chair of the Academic Staff Assembly; and Jennifer Thomson, lecturer in languages and literature.
  • Students: Sara Mertz, sophomore majoring in accounting, and president of the Residence Hall Association; and David Wilder, a junior majoring in accounting, and president of the Whitewater Student Government.
  • Administrators: Kris Andrews, assistant vice president, UW System; and Roger Pulliam, assistant vice chancellor for academic support services.
  • Community: Mark Olm, partner, Olm and Associates, and attorney for UW-Whitewater Foundation Board; and Douglas Timmerman, president, Anchor Bank.

Reilly appointed the committee after consultation with the university community, alumni and donors, regents and others.  The Special Regent Committee for the UW-Whitewater Chancellor Search is chaired by Regent Roger Axtell of Janesville. Joining him on the committee are Regents Peggy Rosenzweig of Wauwatosa, Milton McPike of Mazomanie, and Brent Smith of La Crosse.


Note to News Media

President Reilly and Regent Axtell will meet with the UW-Whitewater search-and-screen committee on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9-11 a.m. in room 142 of Hyer Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus, 800 W. Main St. The committee will receive its charge and discuss the process. There will also be a review of the position description and an opportunity for committee members to ask questions. This is an open meeting.

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