MADISON — William Kuepper, vice chancellor and provost emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named interim chancellor, effective July 1.

Mark Perkins, chancellor at UW-Green Bay since 1994, was recently appointed president of Towson University in Maryland. He begins his new duties there on July 1. The search for a permanent successor to Perkins is now under way. A decision is expected in August. Kuepper will serve until the new chancellor is named and arrives on campus.

Kuepper [pronounced KIPPER] retired from UW-Green Bay in 1995 after 30 years as a member of its faculty. He served twice as vice chancellor, for a total of 13 years in that position. Between his two terms, he spent two years in Madison with the UW System Administration as interim vice president for academic affairs and senior academic planner. Kuepper moved to Colorado in 1996. For the past four years, he has served as a senior policy adviser with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Kuepper’s academic background includes B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geography from UW-Madison. His first teaching position was at the two-year UW center in Green Bay, which became a four-year, degree-granting university in 1968.

In announcing the appointment of an interim chancellor, UW System President Katharine Lyall expressed appreciation to Kuepper for his willingness to serve. “Bill devoted most of his distinguished career to building up the academic program at UW-Green Bay,” she said. “His sense of duty to the campus is commendable, and I thank him for taking on this important assignment.”

“A change in leadership is a challenging time for an educational institution,” said Kuepper, “and I will be proud to serve the UW-Green Bay community during this transition. I appreciate the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s granting me leave for this purpose. My wife Janet and I look forward to our return to Green Bay.”

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