About the Chancellor
Dennis J. Shields, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, joined the Pioneer community in 2010 and is the 14th chief executive of the university. Chancellor Shields’ vision for higher education includes a focus on academic excellence, serious pursuit of scholarship including applied research and high quality teaching, and experiences and services for students, employees, alumni, and friends. Initiatives are focused on giving students the tools that they will need throughout life to be independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers who are contributing citizens within their communities.
In his five years, Chancellor Shields has seen enrollment rise every year, giving the university approximately 8,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. To help keep undergraduate students engaged in campus life, he initiated innovative public-private financing to construct Rountree Commons (built in 2012) and Bridgeway Commons (2013). Those two facilities added more than 1,000 beds, ensuring all freshmen and sophomores have on-campus housing.
An Iowa native, Chancellor Shields earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Graceland College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. Immediately prior to becoming Chancellor at UW-Platteville, Chancellor Shields served as acting vice president of Student Affairs at the City College of New York – City University of New York. He has held administrative positions at the Phoenix School of Law, Duke University School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Iowa.
Chancellor Shields serves on numerous boards of directors, task forces, and minority scholarship committees—from local development corporations and legal services organizations to state and national associations and intercollegiate athletic councils. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the role of diversity in law school and the legal profession. Chancellor Shields maintains a passion about the admission and retention of underrepresented minorities to undergraduate, graduate and law school educational institutions.