To the Campus Community:
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vice Chancellor Petra Roter announced she will step down after leading the Division of Student Affairs for 11 years. On July 1, Petra will join the University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) staff to take a leadership role in UW System Academic and Student Affairs. The role will be similar but expanded to the concurrent position she held at the UW System level in 2011-12. Her experience on two UW campuses, as an interim chancellor and at System will be leveraged in System-wide academic and student affairs initiatives and programs.
Petra has been a long-standing senior leader and accomplished administrator at UW Oshkosh. She has been a part of an incredible era of transformation. During her tenure, Petra led two growth programs that resulted in significant growth in enrollment and in student success programs and services, and increased student diversity. Petra has a reputation as a student-centered leader and as an advocate for students. This includes her work with student and shared governance, as well as her commitment to diversity and inclusion—accomplishments recognized nationally.
Petra was also involved in the development and advancement of a number of campus and community safety initiatives and was part of developing a campus a culture of care and compassion—one focused on student engagement and success.
Additionally, Petra was integrally involved in a number of building projects including Phase II of the OSC, a $21 million Student Recreation and Wellness Center, a $8.1 million retrofitted Student Success Center, design and construction of Horizon Village, and development and planning of the RecPlex, to name a few. All of these projects involved students and considered student needs and wants, as well as sustainability principles for construction and programs.
Petra also partnered with Academic Affairs and faculty to support and enhance the learning that takes place in and outside the classroom and incorporated the essential learning outcomes in co-curricular activities and athletics.
Over the years, Petra’s service and leadership have gone beyond the campus community and she has been actively involved in Oshkosh and throughout the Fox Valley. She is a member and past board member of Downtown Oshkosh Rotary and serves as a member of the Clarity Care and Women's Fund boards. She is a board member and past president of Fox Valley TEMPO (an executive women’s networking group). Her most notable work has been with the Oshkosh Area United Way, where she served on a number of committees, as a member of the board and as a two-term president of the board. Presently, she is involved in the United Way Campaign as a co-chair. She is on the leadership teams for the Weight of the Fox Valley and Women in Poverty community initiatives. She also has been recognized as A Woman of Achievement by the Oshkosh Chamber.
Upon the retirement of Chancellor Emeritus Wells, President Ray Cross appointed Petra as Interim Chancellor of UW Oshkosh. Petra assisted with my transition to UW Oshkosh and has since played a key role on the leadership team as we moved through a time of great change. I am thankful for her contributions to UW Oshkosh and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Brandon Miller, current associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, will serve as interim vice chancellor, effective July 1, 2016. I look forward to working with him as we continue our focus on strategic enrollment management while moving UW Oshkosh forward through the student experience. A timeline for a search has not yet been defined.
Chancellor Andrew Leavitt