Compton named interim assistant provost for branch campuses

Mike Compton

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Joanne Wilson announced today that Dr. Mike Compton has been appointed interim assistant provost for the branch campuses.

"This new position helps solidify the strong relationship and collaboration between UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Platteville Richland," Wilson said. "Dr. Compton will be an excellent liaison for all three campuses. We are particularly excited to have him be a leader for the new associate of science degrees in Food and Agriculture and Business Administration. Mike is no stranger to branch campuses, as he began his academic career as a faculty member of a branch college in Florida."

Compton is in his 24th year at UW-Platteville, currently serving as professor of environmental horticulture and plant biotechnology. He previously served as the director of the School of Agriculture for nine years. Prior to UW-Platteville, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Central Florida Research and Education Center, a branch campus of the University of Florida.  

He earned an associate degree from Danville Community College before getting his bachelor of science and master's degrees from Southern Illinois and his doctorate from Virginia Tech.

In his new role, Compton will focus directly on the branch campuses, and will be a regular presence at both. Deans Ed Janairo (UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County) and Dr. Brandon Fetterly (UW-Platteville Richland) will officially report to Compton, instead of the provost. Compton assumes his duties on June 1.