Britz named UWM Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Johannes Britz

Johannes Britz is the new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Britz has been serving in the position on an interim basis since May 2010. The provost is the second highest position at UWM and reports directly to the chancellor.

“From an outstanding group of provost candidates, Dr. Britz distinguished himself as the individual best equipped to help UWM meet our objectives of becoming a premier research university and a best place to work,” said UWM Chancellor Michael R. Lovell. “I am very confident in his abilities and his understanding of UWM.”

Chancellor Lovell pointed out that Dr. Britz already has provided strong leadership in several significant areas, including campus reorganization planning, the ongoing creation of the new budget model and initiatives to expand the internationalization of the student body. Dr. Britz has also worked effectively with campus search and screen committees to bring new deans to the schools of Education, Freshwater Sciences, and Public Health, and College of Letters and Science.

“I want to especially thank Professor Marcia Parsons from our Peck School of the Arts for leading a very effective search team,” said Chancellor Lovell. “And also, I want to thank everyone from the campus community who shared their feedback with me about the candidates. Their thoughtful, thorough assessments were overwhelmingly in support of Johannes.”

Dr. Britz is the tenth individual to serve as the provost since the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was established in 1956.

After serving as a UWM visiting professor from 2001 to 2003, Dr. Britz joined the UWM faculty in 2004 and was named the Dean of the School of Information Studies in 2005. He also served as the Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences in 2008 and 2009. Provost Britz holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

His curriculum vitae is online at