Dr. Gilles Bousquet began his duties as the interim chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on July 16, 2012. Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Bousquet served at UW-Madison as dean of the Division of International Studies, vice provost for globalization, director of the International Institute, special assistant to the chancellor for international engagement, and Pickard-Bascom Professor of French. Bousquet currently is on a one-year leave of absence from his UW-Madison position.
As international studies dean, he coordinated UW-Madison's internationalization strategy with particular attention to language and area studies, interdisciplinary and global research and educational alliances, and public-private partnerships. He also held a joint appointment in the Wisconsin School of Business as senior adviser to the Center for International Business Education and Research and to the Initiative for Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship, and he is an honorary visiting professor at City University, London, where he has directed the Center for European Studies and served as chair of the department of French and Italian.
Bousquet co-chairs the UW System President’s Task Force on Internationalization and Economic Development and the Department of Public Instruction’s Statewide International Education Council. He also chaired the Senior International Officers group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and he oversaw UW-Madison’s participation in the Worldwide Universities Network, a consortium of international research universities.
He has been invited to speak to academic and public audiences on the role of land grant universities in addressing global challenges and their relevance to local and regional stakeholders.