MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System Interim President Michael J. Falbo has named Johannes Britz as interim Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the UW System. Britz will succeed Anny Morrobel-Sosa, who announced her resignation effective May 31.
Britz is currently Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW–Milwaukee, where he is also a professor in the School of Information Studies. Prior to becoming UW-Milwaukee’s interim Provost (2010) and permanent Provost (2012), he served as Dean of the School of Information Studies from 2005 to 2010. He held a concurrent appointment as interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2009.
“Johannes brings a deep commitment to serving the academic needs of our students and a thorough knowledge of the UW System,” Falbo said. “I value his experience and expertise as a long-time provost and dean, researcher, and professor. I am grateful for his willingness to step in and serve in this systemwide role.”
The Office of Academic and Student Affairs oversees the UW System’s commitment to academic excellence, faculty and student success, shared governance, and community engagement.
Britz holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His research focuses on social justice and information poverty. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 scholarly publications. In recognition of his work developing information ethics in Africa, the World Technology Forum named him one of five finalists for its Ethics Award in 2009.
Britz starts in his new position on June 1.
The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.