Petra Roter, PhD.
Interim Chancellor Roter holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in clinical psychology from Western Illinois University and a PhD in counseling psychology with an emphasis in counseling and psychological services in Higher Education from Indiana State University.
Dr. Roter has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. She has served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs here at UW Oshkosh since 2005, a position where she was responsible for the management and leadership for student success and development programs and services, as well as, enrollment management and advisement of the Oshkosh Student Association. Previously, she served as the Dean of Student Development and Academic Services at UW- La Crosse from 2000–2005.
In 2011–12, Dr. Roter accepted an additional assignment to serve as the interim Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at UW System Administration.
On May 1, Dr. Roter was appointed to serve as UWO’s Interim Chancellor and will serve as UWO’s Chancellor until our 11th Chancellor is selected later this semester. UW System President Ray Cross describes Interim Chancellor Roter as a seasoned, committed collaborator and leader that will continue to move UW Oshkosh forward in a positive and responsive manner.
Interim Chancellor Roter is engaged in the community and models leadership and service. She is a committed to inclusion and civic engagement. Dr. Roter has held leadership roles in a number of community initiatives, organizations and boards such as Downtown Oshkosh Rotary, TEMPO Fox Valley (Women’s Executive Networking Group), Clarity Care, Oshkosh4Education, Boys and Girls Club, Weight of the Fox Valley Leadership Team, NEW ERA (Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance), Women’s Fund Power of 10, Winnebago ReThink Advisory Board.
Recently Dr. Roter completed her second term as President of the Oshkosh Area United Way Board and remains active with the United Way through her involvement with campaign, allocations and the collective impact Women in Poverty initiative.
More recently, she was honored by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Woman of Achievement and by National Association for Campus Auxiliary Services (NACAS) with the Edwin R. Golden Award for leadership in diversity and inclusive excellence.