Senior Leadership

The UW Colleges and UW-Extension Senior Leadership team is responsible for guiding our strategic vision and maintaining the effective and efficient operations of our two institutions. Led by Chancellor Sandeen, the team includes principal decision-makers from UW Colleges, UW-Extension and the Office of the Chancellor.

Aaron Brower

Aaron Brower

Provost and Vice Chancellor

UW-Extension
Aaron Brower is the Provost and Vice Chancellor of UW-­Extension, a position he began in 2012 and resumed after serving as Interim Chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension in 2014.

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Karen Schmitt

Provost and Vice Chancellor

UW Colleges
Dr. Karen Schmitt serves as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Colleges. She is a central member of the Chancellor’s cabinet, providing academic and administrative leadership.

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Melissa Stutz

Melissa Stutz

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

UW Colleges
Her responsibilities include developing and managing all programs, activities, and operations within student affairs and enrollment management across the 13 campuses and UW Colleges Online.

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Molly Vidal

Chief of Staff to the Chancellor & Executive Director of External Relations

UW Colleges & UW-Extension
As Chief of Staff and External Relations Director, Molly Vidal reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as the liaison for the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

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Steve Wildeck

Steve Wildeck

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

UW Colleges & UW-Extension
Steve Wildeck is vice chancellor for administrative and financial services for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. He was appointed to this role in 2007.

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