Morgan named interim provost at UW-La Crosse

Betsy Morgan in her office.

UW-L Professor Betsy Morgan has been named Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

A long-time UW-La Crosse department chair and former assistant to the provost will take over the university’s chief academic officer duties on an interim basis.

Psychology Professor Betsy Morgan will serve as UW-L’s Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She will replace Kathleen Enz Finken who will leave in mid-December to become provost at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Morgan will hold the position until a provost is named in late spring or early summer of 2012 following a national search.

Morgan has three years of experience in the provost office while serving as Faculty Assistant to the Provost from 2005-08. She has more than seven years of service as chair of the university’s Psychology Department.

“Dr. Morgan is a seasoned UW-L administrator and faculty leader who possesses the skills and experience needed to lead our Academic Affairs Division in a time of transition and challenges,” said Chancellor Joe Gow in making the appointment Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Gow said as Interim Provost, Morgan will be responsible for launching the university’s new “Open Pathways” Higher Learning Commission accreditation process; continuing to implement a new summer session faculty salary structure; and making essential recommendations on the reappointment, promotion and tenure of faculty.

Morgan earned her doctorate in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and began teaching at UW-L in 1993. She has completed Harvard University’s Management Development Program. Morgan won the UW-L College of Liberal Studies Excellence Award for Teaching in 2005, and is the author of two textbooks and several refereed journal articles.