MADISON, Wis.—Dr. Tammy K. Evetovich, interim Chancellor since June 1, 2022, has been named the 15th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today unanimously approved Evetovich’s appointment, following a recommendation made by a selection committee. Evetovich will assume the leadership post immediately.
Evetovich served as the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UW-Platteville beginning in May 2020. During this time, she led the university’s transition to alternative learning methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and initiated an academic strategic plan that guides the university as it continues to provide high-quality education. From February through April 2022, she held a concurrent role as interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Prior to joining UW-Platteville, Evetovich served in two positions at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., as Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences and, prior to that, department chair of the Department of Health Human Performance and Sport.
“Tammy's commitment to and strong leadership at UW-Platteville will be key to its future success,” said Jay Rothman, UW System President. “As we seek to grow UW-Platteville and enhance the student experience, her background and expertise will serve the UW System well.”
“As a first-generation college graduate having built a career focused on students and around rural communities, this opportunity is especially important to me personally,” Evetovich said. “The work we do at UW-Platteville changes lives, and I look forward to working together with faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve to build UW-Platteville into the best university it can be.”
“Tammy's enthusiasm for UW-Platteville is unmatched and her commitment and passion are remarkable.,” said Regent Cris Peterson, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee. “She learns and leads, while having a firm understanding of the challenges ahead. She was the best choice amongst a set of remarkable candidates.”
“The focus on student success and community engagement that Tammy brings as incoming chancellor will serve UW-Platteville well into the future,” said Dr. Christina Curras, Vice Chair of the Search and Screen Committee and Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “We look forward to working with her as chancellor.”
Evetovich earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree and Ph.D in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
President Rothman and the Special Regent Committee for the UW-Platteville Chancellor Search recommended Evetovich to the full Board of Regents. The Committee includes Regents Peterson, Scott Beightol, Mike Jones, Rodney Pasch, and Edmund Manydeeds III.
The Search and Screen Committee includes members of the Special Regent Committee; Curras; Joseph Denk, Chair, UW-Platteville Foundation Board; Richard Dhyanchand, Professor, College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; Tony Isabell, Program Manager, Custodial Services; Linda Mulroy-Bowden, Executive Director, Student Life and Development; Rebekah Poh, Student Body President; Jason Schulte, Student Life & Activities Coordinator, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County; Kory Wein, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Education; and Tim Zasada, AV Technician III, Teaching & Technology Center.
Evetovich will earn $265,000 as chancellor.
Founded in 1866 as the first normal school for training teachers in the state, UW-Platteville offers more than 50 undergraduate and 10 graduate majors, 60 minors, 15 pre-professional programs, and 30 certificates. It has an enrollment of more than 6,485 students and employs about 930 faculty and staff. It has campuses in Platteville, Baraboo, and Richland Center.
UW-Platteville was founded in 1866 as the State Normal School in Platteville—the first teacher training institution in the state. In 1907, the Wisconsin Mining Trade School in Platteville was founded. The two institutions would eventually merge in 1959, forming the present-day UW-Platteville and beginning its rich tradition of academic excellence and unparalleled student experience. UW-Platteville has one of the premier engineering programs in the Midwest and strong programs in agriculture, education, criminal justice, forensic investigation, and the STEM disciplines. The university offers top-level, hands-on education with a strong liberal arts foundation. UW-Platteville is also known for the exceptional, personal support it provides students—in particular, first-generation college students, who make up 35% of the undergraduate student body.
The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 161,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.
Mark Pitsch, UW System