MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced four finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, an 8,100-student university with locations in Stevens Point, Marshfield, and Wausau.

An 11-member Search and Screen Committee, led by Regent Karen Walsh, chair, and Professor of English Mary Bowman, vice chair, recommended a list of finalists. The Special Regent Committee determined that the following finalists will continue in the selection process.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Deborah Bordelon

Provost and Executive Vice President, Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

 Jeanine Gangeness

Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs-Rochester, and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Winona State University
Winona/Rochester, MN

Thomas Gibson

Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost, Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Katy Heyning

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY

Later in September and early October, the four candidates will participate in separate virtual public forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them.

After a review of campus feedback, the Special Regent Committee, comprised of Regents Walsh, José Delgado, Cris Peterson, and Olivia Woodmansee, and President Thompson will interview finalists and select a candidate to forward to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Stevens Point’s fifteenth chancellor.

For more information about the four candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Stevens Point search website. For more information about UW-Stevens Point, go to its website.


Established in 1894, UW-Stevens Point is located on a 400-acre campus in Central Wisconsin. More than 100 program options at the bachelor’s and graduate level provide world-class opportunities in the arts, natural resources, business, health science and wellness, education, humanities and the sciences. Approximately 8,100 students attend UW-Stevens Point, which has a 280-acre nature reserve and is located in a city voted among the Best College Towns in the nation. UW-Stevens Point also has branch campuses in Marshfield and Wausau. 

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

Media Contacts

Mark Pitsch UW System (608) 265-3419
Nick Schultz UW-Stevens Point (715) 346-2490