University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that Dr. Cheryl Green has agreed to serve as UW-Whitewater’s interim Chancellor. Green, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UW-Oshkosh, will step into the new role on Jan. 1, 2019.
Prior to joining UW-Oshkosh, Green served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Tennessee State University. She brings more than 25 years of experience working in higher education and student affairs, as well as 14 years of experience in administration.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Green’s considerable experience and leadership skill, who can provide an important sense of stability during this transition period,” said President Cross in a statement. “In addition to providing daily leadership for UW-Whitewater, Green will be responsible for the important academic and student success initiatives that support the university’s record retention and graduation rates.
“Dr. Green is well prepared to keep this institution moving forward with efforts to expand undergraduate research and entrepreneurship, while preserving educational access for Wisconsin citizens,” said Regent President John Robert Behling said in a press release.
Before her time at Tennessee State, Green served at Chicago State University in a variety of roles, including director/chair of the counseling department, dean of first-year student experience, acting associate director of career placement, and as a counseling professor. She also served as director of career planning and placement at University of Michigan-Flint. In addition, Green served as the statewide representative for 2,700 faculty and staff in her role as the grievance officer for seven public universities in Illinois.
Green has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Manchester College (now Manchester University) in Indiana. She also holds a National Incident Management System certificate from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute, has been trained in crisis intervention, and is recognized as an expert in grievance mediation and conflict resolution.
A nationwide search for a new UW-Whitewater chancellor will be launched in early 2019. Cross will consult with UWWhitewater faculty, staff, students, and others about the best ways to organize that search committee.