MADISON, Wis. – With the successful conclusion of three simultaneous chancellor searches, the University of Wisconsin System now turns its attention to recruiting and hiring new leaders for UW-Green Bay and UW-River Falls.

UW System President Kevin P. Reilly today appointed a 19-member search committee to help identify a new chancellor for UW-River Falls.

Recently, Chancellor Don Betz announced that he will leave the campus at the end of June to become president of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Reilly appointed 10 faculty members, two academic staff members, one classified staff member, one campus administrator, and two student representatives to the committee. They are joined by one UW System administrator and two community representatives.

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

James Madsen (chair) Professor of Physics
Mark Gillen Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology
Gregg Hadley Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics
Claire Kilian – Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
Michelle Parkinson – Assistant Professor of English
Glenn Potts Professor of Economics
David Rainville Professor of Chemistry
Kristin Tjornehoj Associate Professor of Music
José Vega Professor of Teacher Education
Jennifer Willis-Rivera Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts

Academic Staff
Kristen Hendrickson – Budget Director
Kathleen Olsen – Instructor, Communication Studies and Theatre Arts

Classified Staff
Susie ZimmerAcademic Department Associate, Art

Cindy Bendix – President, Student Senate
Kevin Rockwood

Lynn Paulson Assistant Vice President, University of Wisconsin System
Dale Gallenberg Dean, College of Ag, Food and Environmental Sciences

Jim Harsdorf Chancellor’s Advisory Council, dairy farmer
Steve Healy UW-River Falls Foundation Board, College of Business & Economics Advisory 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 chaired by Regent Brent Smith. Other Regents on the committee include Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Chuck Pruitt, and José Vasquez.

The campus search committee will convene for the first time at 1 p.m., June 16, 2008, in the Eau Galle River Room (Room 332) of the University Center on the UW-River Falls campus. At that meeting Smith 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
Mark Kinders UW-River Falls 800-228-5451