MADISON, Wis. -- Aaron Brower, a University of Wisconsin-Madison administrator, will begin a two-year term as the new interim provost and vice chancellor of UW-Extension on Aug. 27, 2012.
Greg Hutchins, who has served as interim provost of UW-Extension for the past 14 months, is returning to his position as associate vice chancellor and secretary to the faculty and academic staff for UW-Extension.
At UW-Madison, Brower has been the vice provost for teaching and learning and a professor in the School of Social Work, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in social work and psychology, all from the University of Michigan.
During his term with UW-Extension, he also will serve as special assistant to UW System President Kevin Reilly for new educational strategies. In that capacity, he will provide key leadership for the flexible degree initiative with UW System and with the other institutions in the system.
“Aaron’s experience at UW-Madison prepares him well,” said Ray Cross, UW Colleges and UW-Extension chancellor. “He has experience and expertise in educational innovations, student learning and outcome assessment -- engaging the whole university on issues important to the people of Wisconsin. He also has provided strong leadership for many teaching and learning initiatives and efforts focused on integrative learning and evidence-based curricular reform, with an emphasis on high-impact learning practices. “
In addition to Hutchins' responsibilities as associate vice chancellor and secretary to the faculty and academic staff, he also will have new responsibilities regarding UW-Extension’s infusion of technology and research on urban opportunities.
Dan Hill served as interim associate vice chancellor and secretary to the faculty and academic staff while Hutchins was interim provost. Hill is returning to his former position in Cooperative Extension’s Local Government Center.