Regents pick next UW-Whitewater chancellor

Beverly A. Kopper named next chancellor

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has chosen UW-Whitewater Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Beverly A. Kopper to run the school as chancellor.

The regents approved Kopper’s appointment on Tuesday. She’s set to start her new job on July 1. She will replace Richard Telfer, who announced in November that he plans to retire as of June 30.

Kopper has served as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UW-Whitewater since 2010. She served as interim chancellor at the school in January and February of last year.

“The Regents and I were very impressed with Dr. Kopper as an experienced educational leader who understands what it takes to help students succeed,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “She is clearly enthusiastic about UW-Whitewater, all of its strengths and all of its potential. She has a distinguished record of successful service and senior-level leadership, and I am confident she has the vision and the experience to lead UW-Whitewater to a bright future.”

“Being entrusted with the chancellorship of this great university, with its rich tradition of excellence and fine leadership, is truly an honor,” Kopper said. “I look forward to continuing working with UW-Whitewater’s outstanding faculty, staff, and students as together we meet the challenges we face and achieve new heights of distinction.”

Kopper will be UW-Whitewater’s 16th chancellor, succeeding Richard Telfer who announced in November that he will be retiring as of June 30, 2015. Kopper will make $238,000 per year as chancellor.