Fletcher was selected for the role after a nationwide search and assumes the position at UW Oshkosh May 22.
Fletcher comes to UW Oshkosh from Idaho State University where he served as vice president for finance and administration from 2007 until 2016.
To the role at UW Oshkosh, Fletcher brings more than 25 years of experience working in higher education settings across the country.
“Jim brings incredible credentials and experience with him to UW Oshkosh,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said. “We are fortunate to add someone with his expertise to our talented leadership team, especially during this challenging time for our campus.”
At Idaho State University, Fletcher successfully managed institutional finances through budget reductions, implemented program prioritization efforts, led a taskforce to look at performance-based budgets and oversaw a total staff of more than 300 people in various offices, including the budget office, facilities, purchasing, information systems, human resources, financial aid and others. He left Idaho State for a voluntary personal leave after a leadership change.
Before Idaho State University, Fletcher served as vice chancellor for administration with the Texas A&M University System. Prior to his time in Texas, he held similar positions of responsibility at Morehouse College, University of Colorado Boulder and Howard University, and with IBM and Unisys.
Fletcher has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he graduated with the highest distinction as a George F. Baker Scholar, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The vice chancellor for administrative services reports directly to the Chancellor—and will oversee the University’s finances and physical plant, as well as provide leadership, vision and direction for the Administrative Services Division at UW Oshkosh.
“I am very excited by the opportunity to come to join the great University team being led by Chancellor Leavitt and the administrative services team supporting him,” Fletcher said. “I’m especially excited for the opportunity to participate in the launch of the faculty-led innovative, new budget model for the University, which will both benefit UW Oshkosh, as well as set an example for other higher education institutions to follow.”
Fletcher will take over the role following Lori Worm, who served in the interim role since March 2016.
Fletcher, who is originally from Ohio, looks forward to returning to the Midwest with his wife Maria.