UW-Parkside Chancellor Finalists Named

Published: September 6, 2023

MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman today announced three finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, a student-centered university that serves approximately 4,300 students and offers 51 undergraduate majors, 87 minors and certificates, and 16 graduate degrees across four academic colleges.

A Special Regent Committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates identified by an 11-member Search and Screen Committee led by UW System Regent Kyle Weatherly, chair, and Adrienne Viramontes, Professor and Department Chair, College of Arts and Humanities, vice chair.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • Lynn D. Akey
    • Vice President for the Division of Student Success, Analytics and Integrated Planning
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • Mankato, MN
  • Phyllis King
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Partnerships and Initiatives
    • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
    • Milwaukee, WI
  • Felicia McGinty
    • Director of Engagement and Outreach
    • Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)
    • Denver, CO

In the coming weeks, the candidates will participate in separate campus forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them. The finalists will also take part in a public conversation.

Rothman and the Special Regent Committee, comprised of Regents Héctor Colón, John Miller, Ashok Rai, Jennifer Staton, and chaired by Regent Weatherly, will interview the finalists. After reviewing campus feedback, the Special Regent Committee will recommend a single successful candidate to the Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Parkside’s 7th chancellor.

For more information about the candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Parkside chancellor search page: uwp.edu/explore/offices/humanresources/chancellorsearch.cfm. For more information about UW-Parkside, go to its homepage: uwp.edu.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. The university is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 161,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy. The UW System and its employees are purpose-driven, people-focused, and committed to stewardship.


Mark Pitsch, UW System

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