University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Chancellor

WI, Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin System invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). This leader will succeed Dr. Bernie L. Patterson, who will be retiring in December 2020 after 10 years of distinguished service as Chancellor.

Established in 1894, UW-Stevens Point is one of 11 comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Stevens Point enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate students across three campuses, with locations in Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau.

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 progressive 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 growth and enhanced brand value
  • Collaborate regularly with an exceptional team of administrators, faculty, and staff in enhancing UW-Stevens Point’s delivery of high quality, distinctive academic programs at continually and increasingly affordable costs
  • Interact regularly with engaged students who are appreciative of UWSP’s academic and co- curricular programs and eager to apply these resources to their own growth and development as true liberally prepared professionals
  • Work closely with the region’s leaders – government, private sector, academic, and community – in conveying UWSP’s commitment to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of citizens in Northcentral 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 UWS institution reports to the UW System President.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited and should be sent to WittKieffer’s consultants John Thornburgh and Elizabeth Bohan at For formal consideration, applicants should submit materials including the following: 1) a letter of application addressing the leadership opportunities and qualifications articulated within this document; 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; and 3) a list of at least five references with contact information. The position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by August 1, 2020, 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.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an Affirmative Action 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.