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Vice Chancellor Warren Anderson leaving UW-Eau Claire to take UW System position

The following email was sent today, Nov. 30, from UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt to faculty, staff and students.

Dear faculty, staff and students, 

I want to share with you the news that Warren Anderson, an influential member of our executive leadership team, is leaving UW-Eau Claire to share his passion and knowledge of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives with the entire University of Wisconsin System.

Dr. Warren Anderson, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

Dr. Warren Anderson, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs

Warren, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs at UW-Eau Claire, has been appointed the UW System's senior equity, diversity and inclusion officer. Warren's last day at UW-Eau Claire will be Dec. 11.

"In my new role, I will have the opportunity to take some of the great things that I have learned here and build a comprehensive system of EDI that is reflective of the richness of the students, staff and faculty that call the UW System universities home," Warren said. "It has been a pleasure to work with each of you. I look forward to continuing this great work with UW-Eau Claire in my new role at the UW System."

Warren's strong leadership has been transformative in both student affairs and EDI initiatives. He has been a strong advocate for our underrepresented students and has focused his efforts on fulfilling our mission to make UW-Eau Claire a more inclusive community on all our campuses. Warren has provided strategic vision and direction as UW-Eau Claire has established the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice that will become a national model during this time of social and cultural change.

Vice Chancellor Anderson also has played a critical leadership role in our ongoing efforts to keep our campus communities healthy and safe during this pandemic. Warren has overseen COVID-19 antigen testing on the Eau Claire and Rice Lake campuses that has allowed more than 20,000 rapid-result tests to be administered to students since testing began in September. The program has since been expanded to include faculty, staff, their dependents and members of the Eau Claire and Rice Lake communities.

"I will be forever grateful to Chancellor Schmidt for bringing me in to UW-Eau Claire to serve in such a critical role, and at such a critical time in our nation," Warren said. "Under his leadership, we have been able to reorganize the EDI & SA division to be more responsive to the critical needs of the institution. We have ensured that racial and restorative justice will be a cornerstone of our shared identity for generations to come. We have worked to ensure that EDI is woven into the fabric of who we are as an institution. I could not be prouder of the work that we have accomplished in EDI and Student Affairs during this past year."

Warren has been a valued colleague, inspiring leader and passionate advocate for our students and for our university. Please join me in wishing Warren the best as he takes this next step in his career. I am sure his leadership in Madison will enable the UW System to continue providing world-class education to all students. Our loss is the university system’s gain.

Interim Vice Chancellor Teresa O’Halloran appointed

Beginning Dec. 12, I have asked Teresa O’Halloran, currently the director of Affirmative Action, to serve as interim vice chancellor for the EDI & SA division, reporting to me. Teresa has served on my executive team in the past and brings to the position a strong commitment to EDI and to our students. Two units temporarily part of the EDI & SA division will be reassigned until the new vice chancellor for enrollment management is selected. Athletics will now report directly to me and Recreation and Sport Operations will report to Vice Chancellor Grace Crickette.

Vice chancellor search announced

The vice chancellor for EDI & SA is central to our mission and so I am launching a nationwide search for our next leader. I will be meeting with our shared governance leaders to request that they provide me with nominations for individuals to serve on the search committee, with names due by Friday, Dec. 11. 

If you are interested in serving on this vital committee, please contact the relevant people listed below. The search committee will meet primarily during February through April of next year. 

Submit Nominations for the vice chancellor search by Dec. 11 to:

For faculty, instructional academic staff and professional academic staff:  Submit your name to one of the members of the Nominating Committee:

  • Christa Garvey
  • Katie Wilson
  • Liliana LaValle
  • Kati Schaller
  • Christy Mulock
  • Kati Ritland-Clouse

For university staff: Nicole Owen

For students: Anna Ziebell

Sincerely,

Chancellor James C. Schmidt