Administrative Staff

Chancellor Shields

Dennis J. Shields
Tel: 608.342.1234

View the chancellor's webpage for a full biography.

Elizabeth Throop, Provost

Dr. Elizabeth Throop
Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Tel: 608.342.1261

Throop biography

Dr. Elizabeth Throop became Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2016. Previously, she joined the university as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education in 2012.

She oversees the ongoing development and support of academic excellence across the university. She will also engage closely with faculty and oversee the Academic Affairs’ office budget and personnel. Throop earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California in San Diego in 1996 after taking a master’s there. She has a master's degree in social work with a counseling concentration from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Throop previously was the interim dean of the Siebens School of Business and visiting professor of anthropology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Prior to that, she served as the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, and chair of the anthropology, sociology and social work department at Eastern Kentucky University. Her teaching experience also includes McKendree College (now University), Silver Lake College, North Central College, the College of DuPage, and schools in California and Ireland.


Angela Udelhofen, Vice Chancellor Enrollment and Student Success

Angela Udelhofen
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Student Success
Tel: 608.342.1125

Udelhofen biography

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. She became Vice Chancellor of the newly-created division of Enrollment and Student Success on July 1, 2016.


Rose Smyrski

Rose Smyrski
Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Tel: 608.342.7243

Smyrski biography

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.
(Photo by James Gill / Wisconsin Public Television)


Todd Carothers

Todd Carothers
Interim Assistant Chancellor for Administrative Services
Tel: 608.342.1226

Carrothers biography

Todd Carothers began as as the interim assistant chancellor for Administrative Services on Feb. 1, 2017. Carothers has been with the university since 2009 and is currently an associate professor of accounting in the School of Business. Not only did he instruct students, but he chaired the Academic Planning Commission and Academic Standards Committee, served as interim director of the Project Management Center of Excellence, and led several other university-wide projects and initiatives including the current rollout of the Education Advisory Board technology and additional memberships.

Carothers has run his own consulting company, The TC Alan Company, providing management and technical consulting services to public sector organizations. He was also a business applications manager at Meriter Hospital (2003-09) and a consulting senior manager and auditor at Deloitte and Touche, LLP (1993-2003). He earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and his master’s from UW-Madison. Carothers holds certifications as a public accountant, a management accountant and a production and inventory manager.


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