Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Chancellor guides UW Colleges and UW-Extension toward their shared vision: to help people achieve their goals by providing access to degrees and educational programs, to grow jobs through our work in economic development and entrepreneurship, and to grow healthy, vibrant communities across our state.

Chancellor Sandeen

Meet Chancellor Sandeen

Leader and chief administrator of UW Colleges and UW-Extension since December 2014, Dr. Cathy Sandeen is responsible for the academic, financial, development and administrative aspects of both institutions.

A prolific writer, Sandeen has published and presented widely on the issues surrounding educational innovation and nontraditional students (read some of her more recent publications here). She reports to the UW System President and Board of Regents. 

Read Chancellor Sandeen's full bio here.





Our Leadership

The Office of the Chancellor leads a centralized administrative staff that serves both UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Learn more about the members of our senior leadership team who guide our institutions’ strategic vision and daily operations.


Cathy Sandeen Chancellor of UW College and UW-Extension
Steve Wildeck Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Molly Vidal Chief of Staff to the Chancellor & Executive Director of External Relations
Katy Byrnes Kaiser Director of Communications

UW Colleges Administration

Karen Schmitt Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Joe Foy Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Melissa Stutz Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Regional Executive Officers: Charles Clark, Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, Keith Montgomery, Martin Rudd


UW-Extension Administration

Aaron Brower Provost and Vice Chancellor
Malcolm Brett Dean, Division of Broadcasting & Media Innovations
Mark Lange Dean, Division of Business & Entrepreneurship
Karl Martin Dean, Division of Cooperative Extension
David Schejbal Dean, Division of Continuing & Online Education