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

A 19-member search and screen committee, chaired by Professor Neil Heywood from the UW-Stevens Point Geography and Geology department, recommended the slate of finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Judy Crain.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Anantha S. Babbili
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Steven Daley-Laursen
Senior Executive to the President
University of Idaho

Dr. Beverly Karplus Hartline
Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Mark A. Nook
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Dr. Bernie L. Patterson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma City University

Dr. Jack Thomas
Provost and Academic Vice President
Western Illinois University

The six candidates will participate in a series of public forums between March 29 and April 16, 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 forums.

Reilly and the special Regent committee will interview the finalists later in April. Along with Regent Crain, committee members include Regent Mark Bradley of Wausau, Regent Eileen Connolly-Keesler of Neenah, 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 Chancellor Linda Hunt Bunnell, who stepped down in May 2009.  UW-Stevens Point Provost Mark Nook is serving as Interim Chancellor.

As one of 11 comprehensive universities within the UW System, UW-Stevens Point enrolls more than 9,200 students.  Leading about 1,100 faculty, academic staff, and classified staff members, the UW-Stevens Point chancellor is responsible for an annual budget exceeding $150 million.

Media Contacts

David Giroux UW System (608) 262-4464
Stephen Ward UW-Stevens Point (715) 346-3046