MADISON – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today appointed a 23-member Search and Screen Committee to help identify the next chancellor for UW Colleges and UW-Extension, which was the position Cross held prior to being named UW System president effective February 15, 2014.

Cross appointed 12 UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students. They will be joined by three administrators and two community representatives. Art Lersch, from UW-Extension, Lincoln County, will chair the committee.

Serving on the Search and Screen Committee are:

Art Lersch, Associate Professor, Community Resource Development, UW-Extension, Lincoln County (chair)
Frances Auld, Assistant Professor, English, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
Beverlee Baker, Associate Professor, Family Living, UW-Extension, Racine County
Brandon Fetterly, Associate Professor, Chemistry, UW-Richland
Patti Herman, Associate Professor, Family Living, UW-Extension, Columbia County
Dorothy Kowalski, Professor, Health and Exercise Science, UW-Marinette
Ellyn Lem, Associate Professor, English, UW-Waukesha
Mark Peterson, Professor, Philosophy, UW-Washington County
Christina Rencontre, Assistant Professor, 4-H Youth Development, UW-Extension
Shelley Tidemann, Associate Professor, Family Living, UW-Extension, Fond du Lac Co.
Trisha Wagner, Associate Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, UW-Extension, Jackson County
Yongjun Yang, Associate Professor, Mathematics, UW-Sheboygan

Academic Staff
Brittany Lueth, Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, UW-Marshfield/Wood County
Kris Tiles, Senior Lecturer, Natural Resources, UW-Extension, Wausau

Classified Staff
Charlene Schmidt, Dean’s Executive Assistant, UW-Marathon County
Dan Wanish, Accountant-Senior, Conference Centers, UW-Extension

Duel Harmon, President of Marathon County SGA, UW-Marathon County
Neil Kline, UW-Madison freshman, former President, Wisconsin 4-H Youth Leader Council

Yvonne Horton, Associate Dean, Cooperative Extension, UW-Extension
Martin Rudd, Campus Executive Officer and Dean, UW-Fox Valley
Marvin Van Kekerix, Executive Senior Special Assistant, President’s Office

Community Representatives
José Carrillo, UW Colleges and UW-Extension Board of Visitors
Laurie Crawford, UW Colleges and UW-Extension Board of Visitors

Following a national search and an intensive screening process, the committee is expected to recommend a list of candidates as finalists for consideration by the UW System president and a special Board of Regents committee, chaired by Regent Charles Pruitt of Milwaukee. Other members of the committee include Regents John Behling of Eau Claire, Tony Evers of Madison, and Janice Mueller of Madison.

After a series of public presentations and personal interviews, the UW System president and the Regent committee will recommend one individual to the full board, which must approve the appointment.

The campus search committee will convene for the first time at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, at the Pyle Center, Room 313, Madison. At that meeting, Cross will officially charge the committee with its mission, review procedures and begin the national search.

UW Colleges is an institution of the UW System comprised of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an associate degree in arts and science and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. UW-Extension serves Wisconsin families, businesses and communities statewide through offices in all 72 Wisconsin counties and three tribal nations, continuing education services through all 26 UW System campuses, the UW Flexible Option partnership with UW System campuses, the statewide broadcasting networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and entrepreneurship and economic development activities by county throughout the state.

Media Contacts

Sandra Kallio UW Colleges/UW-Extension (608) 890-3558
Heather LaRoi UW System 608-265-3195