MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Whitewater.

A 21-member search and screen committee, chaired by Dr. Paul Ambrose, an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, recommended the slate of finalists to Cross and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Margaret Farrow.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Charles J. Fey
Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.

Beverly A. Kopper
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis.

Steven W. Runge
Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.

Martin Tadlock
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.; and
Chief Academic Officer
Northwest Technical College, Bemidji, Minn.

Ramon S. Torrecilha
Professor of Sociology, Former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, Calif.

The five candidates will participate in a series of public forums, 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 public conversations.

President Cross and the Special Regent Committee will interview finalists on May 20. Other committee members include Regent Vice President Regina Millner, Regent Janice Mueller, and Regent Drew Petersen. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. The committee’s recommendation is due to be taken up by the full Board of Regents the following week, and the appointment will be announced after that meeting.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Whitewater’s 16th chancellor, succeeding Richard Telfer, who announced last November that he will be retiring. Telfer has served as the university’s top administrator since 2007. He has been a member of the UW-Whitewater faculty for three decades.

For more information about the five candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see For more information about UW-Whitewater, see


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a regional comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. UW-Whitewater has reached record enrollment four of the last five years and offers 47 majors in four colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 13 master’s degree programs and recently added a Doctorate of Business Administration. UW-Whitewater students achieve excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. In 2014, UW-Whitewater was the first university in NCAA history at any level to win national championships in football, basketball and baseball. The campus offers more than 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million.

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