UW-Superior names Dr. Molly Smith new provost

Dr. Molly Smith will join UWS on June 1 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the appointment of Dr. Molly Smith as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. She will begin her new role on June 1.

“Dr. Smith brings with her a wide range of experience across many areas and educational systems which will serve the campus well as it remains true to its liberal arts foundation and works to serve and support the region,” UW-Superior Chancellor Dr. Renée Wachter said in a formal announcement.

Dr. Smith previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of English at Saint Martin’s University in Washington. She has also served as provost of Wheaton College, executive director of Pratham U.S.A., president of Manhattanville College and dean of arts and sciences at Seton Hall University, where she also held the rank of tenured professor. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Wisconsin-Superior community, which I have already found to be warm and welcoming,” said Dr. Smith. “I look forward to serving students, faculty, and staff, supporting UW-Superior’s liberal arts foundation, and working to strengthen the university’s ability to serve Superior and the surrounding communities.”

She will replace Dr. Jackie Weissenburger, who has been serving as interim provost since 2016. Weissenburger is retiring from UW-Superior July 1.