Excellence and Innovation

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County leadership team is committed to the vision of the university and promoting student success, growth, and opportunity.

Leading this charge is Dean Ed Janairo. Janairo has served in this role since July 2018 and was previously the campus administrator for UW-Baraboo Sauk County, leading day-to-day operations and serving as a liaison to community leaders. He also served as the Southwest Region associate dean for Administration and Finance of the UW Colleges. He has held previous leadership positions at Lakeshore Technical College, UW-Sheboygan, and the Council of State Governments in Lexington, Kentucky.

The leadership team has spearheaded efforts to engage in local communities, forging partnerships with industries and corporations that yield benefits for our students and the community. This collaboration ensures that when students graduate, they are ready to continue their education at UW-Platteville, transfer to any four-year college, and meet the workforce’s needs.

Meet the university leadership team

Chancellor Dennis Shields

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Dennis J. Shields has been the Chancellor of UW-Platteville since 2010-11. An Iowa native, Chancellor Shields earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Graceland College in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982. Immediately prior to becoming chancellor at UW-Platteville, he served as acting vice president of Student Affairs at the City College of New York – City University of New York. He has held administrative positions at the Phoenix School of Law, Duke University School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Iowa.

He has been actively involved in the national dialogue around diversity and inclusion in higher education. Chancellor Shields has served as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, Division III. Over the past decade, the racial and ethnic diversity of students at UW-Platteville more than doubled. In fall 2016, racial and ethnic minorities made up nearly 10 percent of the student body, compared to less than 6 percent in fall 2009. In addition, the profile of racially and ethnically diverse students has shifted from being primarily African-American to include a higher proportion of people who identify as Hispanic or Asian.

Dean Ed Janairo

Ed Janairo, Dean of UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County

Ed Janairo has served as Dean of UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County since July of 2018. Starting in June of 2017, he was the campus administrator for UW-Baraboo Sauk County, leading day-to-day operations and serving as local liaison to community leaders while also serving as Southwest Region associate dean for Administration and Finance of the UW Colleges. He was the dean of Business and Technology at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wisconsin from 2013-17, and held previous leadership positions at UW-Sheboygan (2005-13) and the Council of State Governments in Lexington, Kentucky (1999-2004). He has also taught business and philosophy as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges.