New UW-Oshkosh chancellor announced

Andrew J. Leavitt to start new role Nov. 1

Dr. Andrew J. Leavitt has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved Leavitt’s appointment on Monday.

Leavitt is currently the vice president for University Advancement at the University of North Georgia and chief executive officer of the University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc.

“The Regents and I were impressed with Dr. Leavitt’s vision and his powerful commitment to higher education. He brings to this role a unique professional background, both as a faculty member in chemistry and a highly successful advancement executive,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “It’s clear that Dr. Leavitt has a deep understanding of what it takes for a university like UW-Oshkosh to succeed, and how important that success is for students, northeast Wisconsin, and the state.”

“The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is truly an institution where excellence and opportunity meet, a place where values and mission are at the heart of the university. I am impressed with the university’s high quality educational environment, its leadership role in economic development, and its proven ability to respond to the needs of the region,” Leavitt said. 

Leavitt will be UW-Oshkosh’s 11th chancellor. He replaces Richard Wells who announced in January he would be stepping down in August. Wells served as the university’s top administrator for 14 years.

Leavitt’s first day in his new role will be November 1. The UW System Board of Regents said Leavitt will earn $240,000 as chancellor. That’s in line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents in October 2013.