Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

I am excited to announce that Kate Burns has been appointed as the next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, effective immediately. Since being named Interim Provost in May of 2020, Kate has successfully managed two years of enrollment growth in the most complicated circumstances higher education has likely ever seen. She has guided Academic Affairs through massive shifts in modality during every semester she has been in the role. Despite being primarily in a virtual environment, she has gained the trust of her colleagues across the state and at UW System. She has led the effort to overhaul our advising system and has built consensus around important issues regarding how we are developing as an access institution.

I can keep going, but all of this is not why I feel Kate is right for the job now and in the future. Having been in the position for 18 months, she is the most experienced provost in the pool; knows the pressures it brings, and understands what we need moving forward. Second, Kate has tremendous character and integrity. It is vital to me and to the whole university that we have someone in the role whose judgment is always sound and student-centered. Third, Kate is an exceptional listener and has the inner strength and courage that is required in the role. She will work collaboratively, but also quickly and decisively to move Academic Affairs ahead. Finally, Kate fully understands our mission and knows how to help us move towards it. This is essential for us to continue the momentum we have.

I want to thank the search committee, led by Sheryl Van Gruensven, for their work. It was important that we do a full national search for this position. Please join me in congratulating, Kate. We are very fortunate to have her leadership at UW-Green Bay!

Michael Alexander

Leadership Transition

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to UW-Green Bay employees on Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

I wish to announce that Dr. Stephen Fritz has resigned as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs effectively immediately. I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Fritz for his work during this difficult transition.

I have appointed Dr. Greg Davis to the position of Interim Provost. Dr. Davis will begin his new role immediately and will serve for and indeterminate term. I very much appreciate Dr. Davis’ willingness to accept this critical role as we complete the budget reduction process and look forward to an exciting 50th anniversary year.

Gary L. Miller

Dr. Stephen Fritz, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Monday, October 27, 2014:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Fritz has accepted my offer to become Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.  He will begin his term in January, 2015.

I believe Dr. Fritz’s academic background and extensive leadership experience will be a great asset as we work through our immediate challenges with enrollment, continue our Invent the Future process and move fully into a shared strategic planning process using the UPIC model.

Over the next month or so Dr. Fritz and I will be developing a plan of action for his term as Provost.  I will consult with the University Committee as we develop this action plan.

Dr. Fritz and his wife Pat will be visiting campus from time-to-time between now and the beginning of his appointment.  Dr. Fritz will, in all likelihood, want to schedule time with campus leaders during these visits and I will keep you informed as these visits are scheduled.  In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to Provost Fritz at

I am deeply appreciative of your support of this process as we develop a new and powerful narrative for UWGB.

Gary L. Miller

Interim Provost Candidates Meet and Greet

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller sent the following message via e-mail to employees on Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

Next week Wednesday and Thursday, October 22nd and 23rd, we will be hosting two candidates for the Interim Provost position at UW-Green Bay.  We would like to invite you to a reception on Thursday, October 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the University Union 1965 Room, where the candidates will be meeting and greeting the university community.  Light refreshments will be served.

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.

Gary L. Miller

All-campus email: Provost Wallace submits resignation

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to UW-Green Bay employees on Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

I wish to announce that Dr. Julia Wallace has submitted her resignation as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective immediately.  Dr. Wallace has served the University in this position for over five years.  I hope you will join me in extending our deep gratitude to her for her service to this great institution.

It is my intention to appoint an experienced professional from outside the University to fill this critical position for the next 18 months or more, to assist us in our Invent the Future transition.  I expect that appointment will be made prior to the end of this semester.

For the immediate future, Chief-of-Staff Dan Spielmann will direct the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Provost in collaboration with Associate Provost Greg Davis and other direct reports to the Provost.  The academic deans will report directly to me and will work closely with our leadership team in the transition initiative.  I respectfully ask each of you to think of ways to assist Dan and Greg and our colleagues in the Office of the Provost in the coming weeks as they conduct the important business of that office.

Once our course as a University is set, and in consultation with the faculty and staff, we will initiate a national search for the next Provost.

As always, please contact me if you have questions or concerns.

c.    President Ray Cross



Sheryl Van Gruensven, Director of Human Resources

David J. Ward, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Gary L. Miller