Johannes Britz to serve as interim head of academic and student services for the UW system


MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin System Acting President Michael J. Falbo has appointed Johannes Britz as the UW System’s acting senior vice president for academic and student affairs. Britz will succeed Anny Morrobel-Sosa, who announced her resignation on May 31.

Britz is currently provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Milwaukee, where he is also a professor in the School of Information Studies. Before becoming acting provost (2010) and permanent provost (2012) of UW-Milwaukee, he served as dean of the School of Information Studies from 2005 to 2010. He concurrently served as dean per acting from the College of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2009.

“Johannes brings a deep commitment to meeting the academic needs of our students and an in-depth knowledge of the UW system,” Falbo said. “I appreciate his experience and expertise as provost and long-time dean, researcher and professor. I am grateful for his willingness to step up and serve in this system-wide role.

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs oversees the UW system’s commitment to academic excellence, faculty and student success, shared governance, and community engagement.

Britz holds two doctorates from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His research focuses on social justice and information poverty. He is the author and co-author of over 100 scholarly publications. In recognition of his work developing information ethics in Africa, the World Technology Forum named him one of five finalists for its Ethics Award in 2009.

Britz takes up her new role on June 1.

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The University of Wisconsin system serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW system is Wisconsin’s talent pool, positioning graduates to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90% of graduates from the state’s UW system remain in Wisconsin five years after graduation — with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW system offers a 23:1 return on investment for the state. Universities in the UW system also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new businesses and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.