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Biography of Juilia E. Wallace

Portrait: Julia E. Wallace

Julia E. Wallace joined the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in July 2009 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Her appointment by Chancellor Thomas K. Harden followed a nationwide search and gave the University a second experienced academic leader at its executive level. Harden assumed the chancellorship in June 2009 after a decade as president of Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. In choosing Wallace as the chief academic officer reporting to the chancellor, he called upon an individual with an extensive record of achievement in public higher education.

Wallace previously served as vice president and provost of Central Michigan University. Before that, she spent more than two decades as a professor, department chair and dean at the University of Northern Iowa.

A professor of psychology and specialist in gerontology, Wallace earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She also holds a master’s in the same discipline from Binghamton and a bachelor’s in psychology from the State University of New York College at Oswego. She later added a master’s of science in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa, and in summer 2001 she completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

In accepting the UW-Green Bay provost position, Wallace said she was honored by the opportunity.

“From my first meeting with members of the search committee I knew there was a great connection between what I value as important in higher education for today’s students and what UW-Green Bay’s campus community has to offer,” Wallace said. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Harden and the academic community to ensure we provide the best possible academic experiences for our students.”

At Central Michigan, the state’s fourth-largest public university with more than 27,000 students, Wallace had oversight for five undergraduate colleges: Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Education and Human Services, Health Professions, and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also provided administrative oversight for programs in student services, graduate studies, international education and institutional diversity, among others.

Previously, Wallace devoted more than two decades of her career to service as a faculty member and administrator at Northern Iowa. She was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2000 through 2007, with responsibility for the departments of Design, Textile and Family Studies, Geography, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Social Work, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and Gender Studies. She was also head of the Department of Psychology, and campus director of the UNI Gerontology Program, during the course of her UNI career.

In Green Bay, Wallace is successor to Sue K. Hammersmith, who served the University from 2002 until May 2008 when she became president of Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities, and Bill Laatsch, who served as interim provost in the year following Hammersmith’s resignation.