Two administrators are leaving their posts at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the coming weeks.
Brenda Harms, UW-Superior’s interim vice chancellor for Enrollment Management since 2016, is taking a new position with 2U, an education technology company. Her contract had been expected to end in the spring.
“Under her management, enrollment has stabilized (no small feat in this extremely challenging environment), and we have made significant strides in enrollment management,” UWS Chancellor Dr. Renée Wachter said in an email to campus this week.
Jerel Benton, director of the school’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) since January 2017, will become special assistant to the provost at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“Under his leadership, we have moved the needle considerably with respect to our EDI efforts, including the creation of our EDI plan and visible and tangible outreach to the community and area schools,” Wachter said in her email.
Both Harms and Benton will start in their new roles Jan. 4.
Harms’ position will not be filled. Instead, units under the Office of Enrollment Management, including UW-Superior’s academic advising and career services units, Educational Success Center, TRIO programs and the EDI office, will be folded into the new Office of Student Success starting Jan. 4, with Dr. Mickey Fitch-Collins leading the office on an interim basis. Fitch-Collins currently is the Educational Success Center’s assistant director.
“The bringing together of (these) offices, including EDI, will help us comprehensively wrap our arms around those students who need the most support in a very intentional manner,” Wachter wrote.
Benton will be succeeded as EDI office director by Kat Werchouski, who currently is the EDI office’s assistant director.
Additionally, UWS Admissions Director Jeremy Nere will take on the title of executive director of admissions, overseeing financial aid, the registrar’s office and the international and domestic admissions offices.