UW-Green Bay Chancellors: 1966 to Present

Chancellors | Interim Chancellors

Thomas K. Harden is the fifth chancellor in the 40-plus years of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The timeline below links to dates, histories and biographies of the institutional leaders who have contributed to the University’s development.

Portrait of Dr. David J. Ward

Thomas K. Harden

June 1, 2009 -

In December 2008, Harden accepted appointment as UW-Green Bay’s fifth chancellor following nine years as president of Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta. He assumed his new duties on June 1, 2009.
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Portrait of Bruce Shepard

Bruce Shepard

November 2001 - June 2008

Shepard emphasized community connections. He led development of Northeastern Wisconsin's Growth Agenda for UW-Green Bay, an ambitious plan to grow the University's enrollment to 7,500 students to better serve the region. Private financial support flourished with the $25-million Campaign for UW-Green Bay. Regional partnerships, credit-transfer agreements and the Phuture Phoenix program advanced the “connecting” theme.
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Portrait of Mark L. Perkins

Mark L. Perkins

February 1994 - July 2001

Perkins led creation of the Institute for Learning Partnership, a local consortium of schools and educators that led to a new master’s degree program in education. During his tenure the University secured funding for the new $20-million Mary Ann Cofrin Hall classroom building and the $17-million makeover of the Laboratory Sciences Building.
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Portrait of David L. Outcalt

David L. Outcalt

September 1986 - December 1993

Outcalt was chancellor of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, when he accepted the UW-Green Bay position. During his tenure the University experienced growing enrollment demand and upgraded facilities including six new residence halls, expansion of the student union, and construction of the $18-million Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
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Portrait of Edward W. Weidner

Edward W. Weidner

October 1966 - June 1986

Weidner arrived in October 1966 as the new University’s first employee and driving force. He led development of the bayshore campus and its groundbreaking interdisciplinary curriculum, and assembled a national-caliber faculty and staff. His 20 years as chancellor rank among the longest tenures in UW System history.
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