Chancellor Shields named to national education board

October 24, 2013
Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields was named to the prestigious American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Board of Directors during the association’s annual meeting Oct. 23.

Chancellor Shields is one of 19 directors on the board, which serves more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems. AASCU’s members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. The association is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve on the board of directors,” said Chancellor Shields. “The American Association of State Colleges and Universities is a dynamic organization, which has had a transformative influence on American public higher education through advocacy, leadership and service. This newfound responsibility will directly benefit all member institutions, including UW-Platteville, as AASCU actively encourages broad access to education for all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, thus transforming society and setting a global standard.”

Chancellor Shields became the 14th chief executive of UW-Platteville in 2010. His 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.

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 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, University of Michigan Law School and University of Iowa.

During his three-year tenure at UW-Platteville, enrollment has risen by almost 1,000 students, and he has successfully led the construction of Rountree Commons and Bridgeway Commons residence halls. The university has developed a strategic plan to guide future academic success and a master plan to serve as a blueprint for future physical needs.

The following presidents and chancellors will serve on the AASCU Board of Directors in 2014:

2014 Chair-Elect (to serve as chair in 2015):

J. Keith Motley, chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Past Chair:

Mary Evans Sias, president, Kentucky State University


Deborah F. Stanley, president, University of New York College at Oswego


Rodolfo Arévalo, president, Eastern Washington University*

F. Javier Cevallos, president, Kuztown University of Pennsylvania

Mary Cullinan, president, Southern Oregon University

Richard Davenport, president, Minnesota State University, Mankato

David L. Eisler, president, Ferris State University (Mich.)

Jerry Farley, president, Washburn University (Kan.)

Mildred García, president, California State University Fullerton*

Dana L. Gibson, president, Sam Houston State University (Texas)

Virginia Schaefer Horvath, president, State University of New York at Fredonia*

Glen D. Johnson, chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education*

Stephen M. Jordan, president, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.)*

Elaine P. Maimon, chancellor, Governors State University (Ill.)

Keith T. Miller, president, Virginia State University*

William Ruud, president, University of Northern Iowa*

Dennis J. Shields, chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville*

*new members

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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