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Dr. Artanya Wesley appointed Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Sent on behalf of Chancellor Steve Angle:

Greetings UTC faculty and staff,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Artanya Wesley as Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, effective Feb. 5, 2024.

Dr. Wesley rose to the top of a highly competitive national search and is the ideal candidate to direct UTC in this crucial position, bringing a wealth of experience, insight and relational resources to our campus. She will challenge and inspire us to continue transforming and growing our student-focused campus culture and dramatically expand engagement within our campus community.

Her career in higher education has given her knowledge and expertise in strategic enrollment management, and growth will be key as we work towards our 2030 strategic plan. She also possesses experience in strategic planning and financial management. Her skills and attributes align with our mission of developing a Mocs experience where students, staff and faculty are positioned for success and thrive.

She comes to UTC from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a comprehensive four-year public institution, where she has served as vice chancellor for student affairs since 2019. In that role, she led efforts in creating, implementing and assessing co-curricular educational experiences for all students. Her responsibilities included supervising 200 academic and university staff, 574 student employees, and department oversight of the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Center for Students with Disabilities, University Counseling Services, University Health Services, University Center, Dining Services, Veteran Services, Career Services, University Housing and Residence Life, Children Center, Student Activity and Involvement, Greek Life, Pride Center and the Center for Inclusive Education and Employment.

She joined UW-Whitewater in 2016 after four years as senior academic planner for student affairs for the University of Wisconsin System. Working at the system level gave her a unique administrative perspective, as the UW System comprises 13 four-year and 13 two-year institutions and enrolls more than 174,000 students, making it one of the country’s largest public higher education systems.

She began her professional career in 2006 as a student affairs specialist and resident hall director at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She progressed up the student affairs ladder, rising from assistant dean of students to assistant to the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs to dean of students.

She received both a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Science in Education in counselor education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis. She is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Association for Student Conduct Administration. Among her many honors, she was the recipient of a Milwaukee Business Journal Women of Influence Award in 2022.

Dr. Wesley is a fantastic addition to our leadership team. She has proven to be an exceptional and collaborative leader and, coming from a similar-sized institution in a statewide system, understands the goals, values and community ties that UTC possesses.

I want to thank the search committee, led by Provost Jerold Hale, and all of the campus community members who participated in the interview process and campus open forums. The search process was robust and transparent and helped us successfully land the right candidate for this critical role.

Additionally, I want to recognize Stacie Grisham and the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs staff for their outstanding work following Dr. Yancy Freeman’s departure to assume the role of chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Stacie and the EMSA staff skillfully oversaw the arrival of the largest first-year class in UTC history, consisting of 2,359 first-time, full-time students.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Artanya Wesley and her family to UTC.

Steve Angle



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