MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Milwaukee.

A search and screen committee, chaired by Distinguished Professor Mark D. Schwartz from UW-Milwaukee’s Geography Department and current chair of UWM’s University Committee, recommended the slate of finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Danae Davis of Milwaukee.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Dr. David Belcher
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Michael Lovell
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Gary Miller
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research
Wichita State University

Dr. James Muyskens
Queens College, City University of New York

Dr. Lisa Rossbacher
Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta, GA)

The five candidates will participate in a series of public forums between March 16 and March 31, 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.

Reilly and the Special Regent Committee will interview the finalists on April 12. Along with Regent Danae Davis, committee members include Regent Judith Crain of Green Bay, Regent Tony Evers of Madison, Regent Michael Spector of Milwaukee, and Regent José Vásquez of Milwaukee. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will succeed UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos Santiago, who stepped down in October, 2010, to accept a position as CEO of the Hispanic College Fund. Michael R. Lovell, Dean of UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science since 2008, is serving as Interim Chancellor.

For more information about the five candidates, the public forums, and the search process, see For information about the UW System, see

UW-Milwaukee is one of two doctoral universities in the UW System. With an enrollment of approximately 30,500 students, the university has an annual budget of $680 million.

Media Contacts

Tom Luljak UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-4035
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