About the Chancellor
Chancellor Dennis J. Shields is beginning his seventh year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During that time, he has guided the campus through tremendous growth: in programs, resources and facilities. By using innovative public-private methods, he led the construction of Rountree Commons and Bridgeway Commons, ensuring all freshmen and sophomores remain engaged in campus life through residential living. In addition, he has championed the faculty and staff by working with all aspects of shared governance, ensuring the university remains committed to the core mission of providing an affordable and accessible education.
A native of Johnston, Iowa, Chancellor Shields began his duties at UW-Platteville in July, 2010. The chancellor earned his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, held several director positions in admissions and financial aid at the University of Iowa as well as an assistant dean position, was the assistant dean and director of admissions at the University of Michigan Law School, assistant and later associate dean for admissions and financial aid at Duke University School of Law, was a dean and professor of law at the Phoenix School of Law, and prior to coming to UW-Platteville was the vice-president of Student Affairs at the City College of New York.
He sits on several important national committees, including the diversity committee for NCAA Division III Athletics.