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

A 19-member search and screen committee, chaired by Professor D. Joanne Wilson of UW-Platteville’s General Engineering department, recommended the finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Tom Loftus.

The four candidates will participate in a variety of public forums between Feb. 23 and March 2, offering opportunities for finalists to interact directly with faculty, staff, students, and community members:

 Finalists (listed in alpha order) Public Forums
Michael Harris
Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kettering University, Flint, Mich.
March 2
9:30 a.m. at Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall
2:30 p.m. at University Room, Pioneer Student Center
Susan Koch
Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.
March 1
9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall
Geri Hockfield Malandra
Former Senior Vice President at American Council on Education and former Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management at University of Texas System
Feb. 23
9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall
Dennis Shields
Acting Vice President for Student Affairs
City College of New York-City University of New York
Feb. 24
9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

Reilly and the Regent committee will interview the finalists later in March. Others serving on that special committee include Regent Mike Falbo, Regent Kevin Opgenorth (a UW-Platteville student), and Regent Betty Womack.  They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this search process will become UW-Platteville’s 14th chancellor, succeeding Chancellor David Markee, who retired in August 2009.  Markee, one of the longest serving chancellors in the UW System, had led UW-Platteville since 1996. Former UW-Platteville Provost Carol Sue Butts has served as Interim Chancellor since Markee’s retirement.

As one of 11 comprehensive universities within the UW System, UW-Platteville enrolls more than 7,500 students.  Leading about 700 faculty, academic staff, and classified staff members, the UW-Platteville chancellor is responsible for an annual budget exceeding $100 million.

For more information about the four candidates, the public forums and the search process, please see

For information about the UW System, see

Media Contacts

David Giroux UW System (608) 262-4464
Barbara Daus UW-Platteville 608-342-1282