MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced three finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Milwaukee.

A 27-member search and screen committee, chaired by Dr. Mark Schwartz, a Distinguished Professor in UW-Milwaukee’s Geography department, recommended the slate of finalists to Cross and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent President Michael Falbo.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Gail Hackett
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Mark A. Mone
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

William M. Mike Sherman
Senior Vice President and Provost; Chief Operating Officer
University of Akron

The three candidates will participate in a series of public forums, offering opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to interact directly with the finalists. The campus search and screen committee will announce a schedule for those public conversations.

President Cross, Regent President Falbo, and the Regent selection committee will interview finalists on December 10.  Other committee members include Regent José Delgado, Regent Margaret Farrow, Regent Eve Hall, and Regent Charles Pruitt, all from the Milwaukee area. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. The committee’s recommendation is due to be taken up by the full Board of Regents the following week, and the appointment will be announced after that meeting.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Milwaukee’s ninth chancellor, succeeding Michael R. Lovell, who announced last March that he had accepted a position as president of Marquette University. Lovell had served as the university’s top administrator since 2010.

For more information about the three candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see For more information about UW-Milwaukee, see

As Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee enjoys a growing national reputation for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement. On an operating budget of $705 million, it educates more than 28,000 students and is an engine of innovation for Southeastern Wisconsin. The 104-acre main campus and satellite sites are located in the economic and cultural heart of the state. The university’s recent expansion includes new academic and research facilities and the creation of the only School of Freshwater Sciences in the United States and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

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