Installment Ceremony to Honor UWGB Chancellor, Michael Alexander

Green Bay, Wis.—Campus and community will join together to celebrate academic tradition and welcome a new era in school history with the formal investiture of the University’s seventh chancellor, Michael Alexander. Although Alexander was named the University’s chancellor in spring of 2020, the University postponed installation ceremonies until this fall because of the pandemic.

The Chancellor’s Installation Ceremony will be held at 11am, Thursday, September 30th, 2021, in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the Green Bay Campus. There will also be a virtual opportunity to watch the occasion. 

Since being named Chancellor on May 1, 2020, Michael Alexander has focused on building tangible, action-based priorities to advance the University’s mission and values.

Michael Alexander came to UW-Green Bay in 2019 having previously served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado since 2015. He was also director of Orchestras and interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University and music director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2015. During his time with the Georgia Symphony, he began the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra program, which engaged over 400 students from the region each year in music education. Michael Alexander has degrees from the University of Georgia, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

Formerly the University’s provost and vice chancellor, Alexander has worked towards strengthening UW-Green Bay’s connections to and with regional high-school students, increasing non-credit offerings for the employees of Green Bay area businesses, and continuing to raise the trajectory of the University’s impact and outreach.  

The list of ceremony participants includes UW System President Tommy Thompson, who will issue the leadership charge and present to Alexander his symbol of office (the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Medallion); members of the UW Board of Regents; and Dr. Tina Sauerhammer, vice chair of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. Aisa Micaiah Rogers, a senior studying Musical Theatre and Dance, will perform the National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, and the Alma Mater. Secretary of Faculty and Academic Staff Steve Meyer will serve as the master of ceremonies. Alexander will also provide comments on the future of UW-Green Bay.

UW Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a multi-campus comprehensive university offering exemplary undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral programs and operating with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and service to the community. The University provides a problem focused educational experience that promotes critical thinking and student success.

The culture and vision of the University reflect a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement, and educational opportunity at all levels. Our core values embrace community-based partnerships, collaborative faculty scholarship and innovation.

Our commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability is demonstrated through a wide array of programs and certifications offered in four colleges: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science, Engineering and Technology (including the Richard Resch School of Engineering); College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, leading to a range of degrees, including AAS, BA, BAS, BBA, BM, BS, BSN, BSW, MS, MSW, MSN, and Ed.D.​