University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt announced today that Billy Felz has been named interim vice chancellor for enrollment management. The two-year appointment is effective Jan. 25.
Felz has worked as the executive director for enrollment management, the special assistant for the vice chancellor of enrollment management and the executive director of the Advising, Retention and Career Center (ARCC) prior to taking on his current role.
“Since March, Billy has overseen our Admissions, ARCC, Barron County director and Blugold Central student service functions. During that time he has demonstrated strong leadership in advancing our recruitment and retention efforts at our UW-Eau Claire campuses,” Chancellor Schmidt says.
“Our planning for 2025 calls for a clear focus on enrollment, and under Billy’s watch we have seen applications increase by more than 50%. I am confident that Billy will bring the vision and leadership needed to support and guide the Enrollment Management division and to serve our students well.”
The Enrollment Management division will be restored to its original configuration, and Felz will oversee Admissions, ARCC, Blugold Central, Housing and Residence Life, and Recreation and Sport Operation and he will coordinate enrollment management at UWEC – Barron County.
Intercollegiate Athletics will continue to report to Chancellor Schmidt.
UW-Eau Claire’s administrative organizational chart can be found here.
“I’m honored to serve the university in this capacity,” Felz says. “I continue to be amazed at the creativity, resourcefulness, dedication and determination the Enrollment Management staff continually puts forward after this challenging year. I’m excited at the opportunity to lead this fantastic team as we make great things happen for our future and current Blugolds.”
Felz joined UW-Eau Claire in 2015 when he became the assistant dean for the College of Business. Felz helped establish UW-Eau Claire’s innovative advising model, and he has worked with departments across campus to help improve communication and support for students.
Felz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater.