University of Wisconsin-Platteville — Chancellor

The University of Wisconsin System invites applications and nominations for the position of chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. This leader will succeed Dennis Shields, who left on June 1, 2022 after 11 years of distinguished service as chancellor.

Established in 1866, UW-Platteville is part of the UW System, which consists of 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension network with offices in every county. UW-Platteville enrolls approximately 6,485 undergraduate and graduate students across three campuses, with locations in Platteville, Baraboo, and Richland Center. UW- Platteville campuses offer a welcoming, supportive atmosphere focused on student success. While there are many reasons to choose UW-Platteville, most often repeated by students and employees alike are statements such as “I’m more than just a number here.”

Faculty and staff are committed and energetic, doing whatever is needed to help students reach their goals and discover their purpose. The result is a UW- Platteville community that loves their university, shows excitement and enthusiasm about their programs, and builds strong relationships with each other. The new chancellor will be expected to sustain—and strategically build upon—the university’s recent momentum in reputation and enrollment.

The University of Wisconsin System is seeking an experienced, forward-looking, and entrepreneurial leader, who will be presented with the following opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment:

  • Serve as the leader of a three-campus university “on the move,” which has promising admissions and enhanced brand value.
  • Collaborate regularly with an exceptional team of administrators, faculty, and staff in enhancing
  • UW-Platteville’s delivery of high quality, distinctive academic programs at increasingly affordable costs.
  • Interact regularly with engaged students who are appreciative of UW-Platteville’s academic and co-curricular programs and eager to apply these resources to their own growth and development as workforce-ready professionals.
  • Work closely with the region’s leaders— government, private sector, academic, and community—in conveying UW-Platteville’s commitment to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of citizens in Southwest Wisconsin.
  • Work and reside in a beautiful area that provides for a high quality of life and a diversity of people, resources, and activities. 

One of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, the University of Wisconsin System serves more than 170,000 students each year and employs approximately 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The chancellor of each UW System institution reports to the UW System President.

A full Leadership Profile is available online at: 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited and should be sent to WittKieffer’s consultants John Thornburgh and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., at

For formal consideration, applicants should submit materials including the following: a letter of application addressing the leadership opportunities and qualifications articulated within this document and a curriculum vitae or resume. 

The position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by January 17, 2023, are assured full consideration. Nominations and expressions of interest will be treated in confidence. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. 

UW-Platteville is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community, which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members.