Excellence and Innovation

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Richland leadership team is committed to the vision of the university and promoting student success, growth, and opportunity.

Leading this charge is Dean Brandon Fetterly, who has served the campus since 2005 when he joined the Chemistry Department as an assistant professor. Since then, he has served as an associate dean of Academic Affairs from 2012-15 and as interim Student Affairs coordinator in May 2015. Fetterly has served as the campus dean since July 2018. He is a former Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, selected by the UW System. The leadership team has spearheaded efforts to engage in local communities, forging partnerships with industries and corporations that yield benefits for our students and the community. This collaboration ensures that when students graduate, they are ready to continue their education at UW-Platteville, transfer to any four-year college, and meet the workforce’s needs.

Meet the university leadership team

Chancellor Dennis Shields

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Dennis J. Shields has been the Chancellor of UW-Platteville since 2010-11. An Iowa native, Chancellor Shields earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Graceland College in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982. Immediately prior to becoming chancellor at UW-Platteville, he 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, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Iowa.

He has been actively involved in the national dialogue around diversity and inclusion in higher education. Chancellor Shields has served as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, Division III. Over the past decade, the racial and ethnic diversity of students at UW-Platteville more than doubled. In fall 2016, racial and ethnic minorities made up nearly 10 percent of the student body, compared to less than 6 percent in fall 2009. In addition, the profile of racially and ethnically diverse students has shifted from being primarily African-American to include a higher proportion of people who identify as Hispanic or Asian.

Dean Brandon Fetterly

Dr. Brandon Fetterly, Dean of UW-Platteville Richland

Dr. Brandon Fetterly has served as campus dean since July 2018. He joined the UW-Platteville Richland Chemistry Department in 2005 as an assistant professor. He served as associate dean of Academic Affairs from 2012-15 and as interim Student Affairs coordinator in May 2015. He then served as regional associate dean of Academic Affairs for both the UW-Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Richland campuses starting in March 2018. He is a former Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, selected by the UW System.