Throop appointed provost and vice chancellor

May 13, 2016
Elizabeth Throop

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields is pleased to announce the two-year appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Throop as acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Throop, who has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education since 2012, will begin her new role at UW-Platteville on July 1, 2016.

She will have full responsibility for all duties associated with the provost’s office, overseeing 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.

“Dr. Throop is an experienced academic leader whose vision of what it means to be a provost at UW-Platteville was compelling,” Chancellor Shields said. “Her extraordinary breadth of knowledge, serving as a dean for seven years, at several institutions, and her knowledge of and experience at UW-Platteville, will be invaluable in her role as acting provost.”

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.

Throop’s communicative leadership style enabled her college to manage challenging budget decisions and to institute a culture of academic assessment. Moving forward, her intimate knowledge of the University and proven leadership abilities will help UW-Platteville faculty and staff successfully navigate the ever-changing environment of higher education and chart a course forward guided by our academic mission.

“I am privileged to be able to serve the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in this new role,” said Throop. “UW-Platteville has an enormously talented faculty, and I look forward to working with all three colleges. I am lucky to have terrific colleagues in deans Gribb and Weber, and I know that they will be important voices in the transition.”

Throop will succeed Dr. Mittie N. Den Herder, who has led Academic Affairs since 2010. Den Herder’s exceptional dedication as an administrative leader served as a building block in the foundation of the university's future, and her contributions are greatly appreciated. Den Herder will continue to serve the UW-Platteville community as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Education.

The acting provost will serve a two-year term and a full search for the provost will begin in August 2017. The acting provost will focus her time and expertise on three critically important areas: re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, continual examination of the general education requirements, and implementation of the university’s new budget model.

Nine individuals submitted letters of interest and supporting materials for consideration of their candidacy for the position as acting provost. Chancellor Shields said of the experience of reviewing the materials and interviewing the nine candidates, “The individuals represented a broad spectrum of campus leaders all of whom hold faculty appointments and many of whom have held or are currently in leadership positions on campus. My discussions with each of the candidates provided me the opportunity to gain insight on their perspectives about the leadership needs of the campus in the coming two years. I am certain several of the individuals will be asked to assume new leadership roles in the next few months.”

An announcement will be made shortly about the acting dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Education.

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