Watson named UW-Whitewater Dean of Students

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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Artanya Wesley announced the appointment of Elizabeth Watson as the next Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Watson will assume the role on July 1.

After serving as Director of Disability Services and ADA Coordinator at Edgewood College in Madison, Watson came to UW-Whitewater in 2006 and served as Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities.  Since July of 2019, Watson has served in two critical leadership roles on campus:  first, as Interim Dean of Students, she is responsible for strategic planning, supervision and implementation of student conduct, community standards, student retention programming and safety.  Second, as Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, she provides senior level administrative leadership, strategic planning, vision and direct supervision of the Dean of Students Office, Student Involvement and Leadership, Career Services, University Health, Counseling and Wellness Services, Children’s Center and Center for Inclusive Transition Education and Employment.

Watson has secured about $7 million in awards during the past five years for university and community programming targeted toward improving the student experience at UW-Whitewater and quality of life for individuals with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, from health services to technology to employment assistance. A licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor, she earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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