Message from Chancellor Watson
Dear Warhawk family,
I have always lived by the adage that a life worth living is one that is lived for others. Due to this belief, I became an educator. I sought positions in which I could do the most good as a servant leader. By following this belief, I often neglect myself. Over the course of the pandemic, I have encouraged all of you to prioritize your health and well-being. I must do the same.
Recently, I was diagnosed with stomach and intestinal cancer. I have upcoming treatments that I must adhere to. This will take me away from my job responsibilities; therefore, I will be resigning as chancellor of UW-Whitewater effective June 30, 2021.
I appreciate all of the support that you have given me over the last two years. Serving as chancellor of this legacy institution has been one of the great highlights of my personal and professional life.
As I transition back into the ranks of a professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies, I welcome the opportunity to engage with my beloved Warhawk family in other ways.
UW System President Tommy Thompson will be sending out a message this morning to share the next steps of this transition. Please let us all work together to enthusiastically and wholeheartedly support the interim chancellor as we continue to embrace our shared purpose, which is to be a public institution that serves the public good.
Warhawks, we are a strong and resilient community, and UW-Whitewater is in very capable hands — you have an outstanding group of leaders and supporters who will continue to move the university forward.
Dr. Dwight C. Watson