Greg Summers Named Provost, Vice Chancellor of UWSP

Whiting resident Greg Summers has been named provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, a position which he has occupied on an interim basis since 2011.

“As interim provost, Summers was instrumental in the revision of the general education program at UW-Stevens Point, which emphasizes clear learning outcomes aimed at providing a broad-based education,” said UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “He also managed budget and personnel, helped to build a new enrollment management unit, created a new Inclusive Excellence Leadership Team and, along with an ad hoc committee of faculty and staff, is rekindling the university’s tradition of Convocation.”

This appointment came after a comprehensive, nationwide search was conducted by a committee representing faculty, staff, and students, headed by English Department Chair, Michael Williams.

“Greg’s innovative and collaborative leadership style stood out in the applicant pool. He not only created the vision of Thriving Communities, the university’s strategic initiative to become more relevant and responsive to community needs, he is spearheading the implementation of academic programs to bring the concept to life,” Patterson said.

Throughout his 12-year career at the university, Summers has also acted as the associate vice chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Academic Programs, as well as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History. He holds a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California Santa Barbara, a doctorate degree in U.S. history from UW-Madison and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Akron.

“I’ve been privileged to spend my entire career at UW-Stevens Point. I’m proud of the good work we do here as public educators, I’m honored to be entrusted with this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across campus to continue to provide the best education possible to our students and the many communities we serve,” Summers said.

Likewise, Patterson was equally enthused by Summers’ appointment.

“We have UW-Stevens Point on the right path, and I am pleased Greg will continue as a member of the leadership team. Please join me in congratulating Provost Greg Summers,” Patterson said.


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