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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has named Erin Grisham as its new vice chancellor for Student Affairs. She will begin her duties on Jan. 3.

Grisham comes to Oshkosh after more than 20 years at Northern Arizona University in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, most recently as vice president for Student Affairs.

Her years of service in higher education and student affairs are characterized by a commitment to the priorities and values UW Oshkosh is sharply focused on in becoming a more student-centric institution: inclusion, retention and wellbeing.

Erin Grisham

“Our University community was struck by her track record of developing and leading programs that strengthened recruitment, nurtured a culture of belonging and care, and improved student academic success,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said.

“I am confident she will be an outstanding leader and collaborator, ensuring Student Affairs continues to work closely with divisions, departments and programs throughout the University to help UWO be a first-choice institution where students grow and thrive,” he said.

At Northern Arizona Grisham created a “Community of Care” case management framework to target outreach to student groups with low retention rates; developed programs to assist transfer, online, commuter and underrepresented students; and established the Office of Inclusion, Multicultural and LGBTQIA Student Services.

Grisham said she is impressed by the University’s commitment to student opportunity and success, academic excellence and an engaged, inclusive campus environment. Her priority will be to maintain and advance UWO’s high-quality student experience while ensuring access and support for all students.

“As UWO celebrates its 150th year and looks to the future, I feel honored and blessed to have the opportunity to join the UWO family,” she said. “I look forward to serving this institution and community to the very best of my ability.”

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