Aaron Brower, interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, has selected Dr. Tracy White to serve as the next campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.
White has been associate campus dean at UW-Barron County since 2010 and has twice served as interim CEO/dean at the campus. She joined UW-Barron County in 2002 as an associate lecturer in chemistry and has been an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences since 2009.
White will succeed Dr. Thomas Pleger, who left June 1 to become president of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Pleger had served as CEO/dean of UW-Baraboo/Sauk County since 2006. The CEO/dean is both the chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the campus.
"We conducted a national search and had an exceptionally strong group of finalists for this position," Brower said. "Tracy White emerged as the kind of dynamic, creative leader who is a good match for this campus at this time. She is the right leader to guide UW-Baraboo/Sauk County through future challenges and opportunities."
Brower added, "I also want to commend Tom Pleger for his outstanding leadership for the past eight years. We all wish him well in his new endeavor."
White will assume her new position on August 1, 2014. UW-BSC Emeritus Professor Ken Grant will serve as interim CEO/dean through July 31.
"This is an exciting time to take over the leadership at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County," White said. "Tom Pleger set the campus on a course of growth and success. I look forward to engaging the community and the campus to meet the new opportunities we will face in the future as we seek to better serve students, our community and the state of Wisconsin."
White earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Lawrence University in Appleton. She previously taught at Lakeland College and Michigan State University, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Connecticut, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is a campus of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, an institution of the University of Wisconsin System comprised of 13 campuses and UW Colleges Online, that offers an Associate of Arts and Science degree, and prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. The campus serves approximately 600 for-credit students and 1,500 continuing education students.
Dr. Tracy White