Dr. James Schmidt began serving as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on July 1, 2013.
Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Schmidt served as vice president for university advancement at Winona State University and as executive director of the WSU Foundation board of trustees. He joined WSU in 1998, overseeing development, government relations, marketing and other functions. Working with the WSU Foundation's chair and other community leaders, Schmidt led efforts to secure significant new investments from the state and federal governments, as well as private benefactors, and assets grew significantly.
Schmidt previously served as vice president for student affairs at Riverland Community College, which has campuses in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna, Minn. At Riverland, he was responsible for admissions, financial aid, diversity, career placement and other programs. He has also held leadership positions at Austin (Minn.) Community College and Minnesota Riverland Technical College, which has campuses in Austin, Rochester, Faribault and Owatonna, Minn.
Schmidt holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor's degree in political science from Winona State University.