MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System Interim President Michael J. Falbo today named Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Tammy Evetovich as interim Chancellor of UW-Platteville. Evetovich will begin that position June 1.
Evetovich replaces Dennis J. Shields, who is departing to become President of the Southern University System and Chancellor of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. Shields has been the Chancellor at UW-Platteville since 2010.
“We will miss Chancellor Shields, who has been a true asset to UW-Platteville, but I am confident in Provost Evetovich and the university’s leadership team,” Falbo said.
Evetovich has served as the provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at UW-Platteville since June 2020. During this time, she led the university’s transition to alternative learning methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and spearheaded an academic strategic plan that guides the university as it continues to provide high-quality education.
“I am honored and humbled to carry on the rich legacy at UW-Platteville as interim chancellor,” Evetovich said. “From my first interactions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, I quickly learned how special this place is and admired the deep commitment to learning so valued by the entire UW-Platteville community. Our hands-on approach to education has contributed greatly to strong student outcomes and makes our graduates valuable additions to the workforce. I look forward to continuing that pioneer attitude and creating momentum towards building even more student-focused initiatives.”
Prior to arriving in southwest Wisconsin, Evetovich served more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She was Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences and a department chair and professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Sport. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and master’s degree and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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.