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Dr. Mittie N. Den Herder began her position as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2010. In this role, she serves as the chief academic officer of the university, responsible for the oversight, development, and implementation of programs, curricula, and policies that support the academic mission of UW-Platteville. Den Herder previously served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville. She earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Florida. See the Office of the Provost website for more information.
Robert G. Cramer was named Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services in 2012 and oversees Human Resources, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Internal Audit, Campus Planning, Information Technology Services, Media Technology Services, Auxiliary Services, and Campus Police. Cramer began at UW-Platteville in 2007 as assistant chancellor for Administrative Services. He previously worked as administrator of the division of State Facilities for the Wisconsin Department of Administration. He earned his undergraduate degree from Alma College in Alma, Mich., and master’s degrees in public policy, and administration and economics from UW-Madison.
Rose Smyrski returned to UW-Platteville in February, 2015 as senior special assistant to the chancellor following her one-year leave of absence to assist the UW Colleges and UW-Extension as interim assistant vice chancellor of communications and external affairs. On July 1, 2015, she was appointed interim vice chancellor for the newly-created External Relations division. Smyrski was special assistant to the chancellor in 2012, and prior to the appointment, she served as the interim legislative liaison. Before coming to UW-Platteville in fall 2011, she was the chief of staff for a Wisconsin state senator for six years. She also was a research assistant for a state representative and served as a legislative assistant for other state senators and representatives. Her federal experience includes six years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a liaison between researchers and federal, state and local governments. Smyrski earned her Bachelor of Science in natural resources and her master’s in developmental policy and public administration from UW-Madison.
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Dr. Jennifer deCoste began at UW-Platteville as Chief Diversity Officer in 2012. She previously served as the associate vice president for Institutional Diversity Initiatives at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y; the director of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Penn State Altoona; and senior training manager at Penn State University Park. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Conn.; her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Hartford in West Hartford; and her dual-title Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, and women’s studies from Penn State University in State College, Pa.
Angela Udelhofen was appointed Assistant Chancellor for Admission and Enrollment Services in 2011. Prior to that appointment, she served as director of Admission and Enrollment Services at UW-Platteville since 2003. Udelhofen earned both her undergraduate degree in broadcast communications and master’s degree in agricultural industries and economics from UW-Platteville.
Dr. Joanne Wilson was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2013. She previously served as the interim assistant chancellor for Student Affairs, and interim dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Wilson began at UW-Platteville as an assistant professor in the general engineering department in 1986. Past roles at UW-Platteville include department chair of the general engineering department, assistant dean of the College of EMS, and executive director of the First Year Experience Program. Wilson earned her undergraduate degree in applied mechanics and engineering sciences from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree and doctorate in engineering mechanics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, she reports to the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Laura Bayless began her position as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in 2013. She previously served as the interim vice president for Student Life at Caldwell College in Caldwell, N.J.; vice president of Student Affairs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, and dean of students and assistant dean for Student Affairs at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Bayless earned her Bachelor of Arts in speech communications/mass media from Denison University in Granville, Ohio; Master of Science in college student personnel services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virgnia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The Student Affairs division reports to the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Suzanne Traxler was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology in 2013. She previously served as associate director of information technology services at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Traxler earned her Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications from the University of Minnesota, and her Master of Business Administration in information technology management from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn.
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