Brittany Nielsen has been named campus director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County following a competitive search process, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt has announced.
As director of the Barron County campus, located in Rice Lake, Nielsen will lead recruitment and enrollment efforts in conjunction with UW-Eau Claire, oversee all student affairs activities, and be responsible for daily operations. Nielsen was formerly campus administrator at UW-Barron County and associate dean for student affairs and enrollment management for UW Colleges. She joins Dr. Troy Kozma, previously named academic chair, as the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County leadership team. Both began their duties July 1.
“We are delighted to have Brittany Nielsen in the director role at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County,” Schmidt said. “She was instrumental in the success of our transition process as we determined the best path forward following the announcement the UW System restructuring initiative. We valued her informed perspective as co-chair of our transitional rapid action task forces steering team, and look forward to working with her as UW-Eau Claire – Barron County begins the start of an exciting future.”
Nielsen also previously served in a progression of positions at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, including admissions coordinator, student services coordinator and assistant campus dean for student affairs and enrollment management, and was an adjunct communication instructor at Northcentral Technical College. Nielsen received a master’s degree in student affairs and administration from UW-La Crosse, a bachelor’s degree in communication from UW-Stevens Point and an associate’s degree from UW-Marshfield/Wood County. She is completing work on a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Bethel University.
“I am truly honored to continue serving UW-Barron County under the new name UW-Eau Claire – Barron County,” Nielsen said. “I look forward to working closely with the Barron County area and providing high-quality education that is accessible and affordable.”
Nielsen expressed gratitude for the work of faculty and staff at the campuses in Eau Claire and Rice Lake, as well as the support of the communities surrounding the Rice Lake campus, during UW-Barron County’s transition to UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.
“I send a special thank you to all those who have helped in the transition, served on committees, provided feedback and worked so hard to ensure we continue serving our students and overseeing our mission of access and affordability,” Nielsen said.
The finalization of the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County leadership team came as the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools recently approved UW System-wide restructuring of all the UW Colleges. Under the restructuring, all former UW System two-year colleges merged with four-year institutions effective July 1.
“Now that we have Higher Learning Commission approval and a strong leadership team in place, I am confident we are poised for success,” Schmidt said. “As a joined institution, we will build on our already strong foundation of providing excellent higher learning opportunities to the people of northwest Wisconsin and strengthening the communities we serve.”
Top photo caption: Brittany Nielsen speaks during a visit by UW-Eau Claire representatives to UW-Barron County in November 2017.