After conducting a national search, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has appointed a Whiting resident as the chief academic officer of the university.
Greg Summers has been named provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, a position he has held on an interim basis since 2011, when former provost Mark Nook took the job of senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs for UW System.
“Greg is an innovative and collaborative leader,” said Bernie Patterson, chancellor of UW-Stevens Point. “He not only created the vision of Thriving Communities, the university’s strategic initiative to become more relevant and responsive to community needs, he is spearheading the implementation of academic programs to bring the concept to life.”
As interim provost, Summers was instrumental in the revision of the general education program at UW-Stevens Point, which emphasizes clear learning outcomes aimed at providing a broad-based education. He also managed budget and personnel, helped to build a new enrollment management unit, created a new Inclusive Excellence Leadership Team and is rekindling the university’s tradition of Convocation.
“I’ve been privileged to spend my entire career at UW-Stevens Point,” said Summers, 44. “I’m proud of the good work we do here as public educators, I’m honored to be entrusted with this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across campus to continue to provide the best education possible to our students and the many communities we serve.”
During his 12-year career at UW-Stevens Point, Summers has also served as the associate vice chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Academic Programs and as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History.
His research and teaching interests are in United States environmental history, the history of technology and consumerism. He is the author of the book, “Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950,” through the University Press of Kansas. He is also working on another book, “The Comforts of Nature: A Brief Natural History of the American Home,” through the University of Washington Press.
Summers holds a doctorate in U.S. history from UW-Madison, a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and two bachelor’s degrees, one in history and another in physics, from the University of Akron.