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Finalists chosen for vice chancellor of student affairs position

The new Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will oversee the Wisconsin Union, the Division of Recreational Sports, University Health Services and the Division of Student Life, which will be led by the dean of students.

The new Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will oversee the Wisconsin Union, the Division of Recreational Sports, University Health Services and the Division of Student Life, which will be led by the dean of students.

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A search and screen committee has named three finalists for the position of vice chancellor for student affairs at UW–Madison, the university announced Thursday.

A 15-member search committee — chaired by professor of political science John Zumbrunnen — selected:

  • Anna Gonzalez, dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Lewis & Clark College who previously served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
  • Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, associate vice president and chief of staff for student affairs at Northwestern University, who leads key student services areas for the Division of Student of Affairs, including assessment and planning, residential services and campus dining.
  • Lori Reesor, vice provost for student affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Reesor’s division includes the Indiana Memorial Union, the IU Health Center and other programs and services.

The announcement comes just over two weeks after Lori Berquam, dean of students and vice provost for student life, announced she will be leaving UW-Madison in August to participate in a fellowship program.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank — who created the position in November 2017 — said the position will strengthen the student experience on campus by ensuring the various units that provide student-related services at UW-Madison are strategically aligned.

The new Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will oversee the Wisconsin Union, the Division of Recreational Sports, University Health Services and the Division of Student Life, which will be led by the dean of students.

Candidates will host public presentations from April 19 to May 1 during which they will lay out their vision for the role of vice provost of student affairs.

UW-Madison employees may attend the talks in pay status, with supervisor permission, if the presentations fall during normal work hours, according to the release.

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