MADISON, Wis. –University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly today appointed a 19-member search committee to help identify a new chancellor for UW-Parkside. Chancellor John P. (Jack) Keating announced last month that he will step down in August 2008 after leading the campus for over 10 years.

UW-Parkside, one of the UW System’s 11 comprehensive institutions, enrolls over 5,000 students from 55 counties comprising the most diverse student population in the UW System. Leading approximately 500 faculty, academic staff and classified staff members, the UW-Parkside chancellor is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $63 million.

“Chancellor Keating positioned UW-Parkside to be a key player in southeast Wisconsin’s community and economic development,” said Reilly. “We need a leader who can continue with that important effort, keeping our public university connected to the people and communities it serves.”

Reilly appointed ten faculty members, two academic staff member, one classified staff member, and two student representatives to the committee. They are joined by two community representatives, one campus dean, and one UW System Administration staff member.  Dr. Christine Evans, Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences at UW-Parkside, will chair the search committee. She has been a faculty member at the campus for almost eight years.

Members of the UW-Parkside Chancellor Search and Screen Committee are as follows:


Dr. Christine Evans (chair) Professor and Chair, Department of Geosciences
Gail Gonzales – Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Frances Kavenik – Professor of English
James Kinchen – Professor of Music
Susan Lincke – Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Michael Manion ­­– Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing
Dennis Rome ­­– Professor of Criminal Justice
Carmel Ruffolo – Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Mary Kay Schleiter – Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Gary Wood – Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry

Academic Staff

Mary Xiong Advisor, Multicultural Student Affairs
John Mielke Director of Marketing and Publications

Classified Staff

Constance Wheeler – Academic Dept. Associate, Computer Science & Business


Curtis Jackson Resident Advisor and President of the Black Student Union
Camilla Simon – Senator, Parkside Student Government Association, and Vice President of the Environmental Club


Thomas Schnaubelt – Dean, Community Engagement and Civic Learning, UW-Parkside Center for Community Partnerships
Vicki Washington – Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic
            Diversity and Development, UW System Administration


Jane Hutterly – Ex. Vice President of Worldwide Corporate and Environmental Affairs for SC Johnson and Son, Inc.
Joan Wilk – retired Professor of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee, and Vice President, UW-Parkside Foundation Board

Following an intensive search and screening process, the committee is expected to recommend five candidates as finalists for consideration by Reilly and a special Board of Regents committee. That committee, chaired by UW-Parkside alumnus Regent Mike Falbo, will include Regents Jeff Bartell, Eileen Connolly-Keesler, and Judy Crain.

The campus search committee will convene for the first time on February 15, 2008, from 10 a.m. until noon in the Galbraith Room in Wylie Hall on the UW-Parkside campus. At that meeting Falbo and Reilly will officially charge the committee with its mission and roles, review procedures, and launch the search process.

Media Contacts

David Giroux UW System (608) 262-4464
David Buchanan UW-Parkside (262) 595-2404