Leadership, collaboration, passion and vision propel UWM to greater heights in research, student achievement and community engagement.
Making UWM a top-tier research university that is the best place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff is the charge of UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and the university’s executive leadership team.
Mark A. Mone
Mark Mone has made student success, growing research and partnerships, and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation his priorities, even as he manages the unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the university. Prior to being named the university’s ninth chancellor in 2014, he led UWM’s executive education and business engagement initiatives, including the longest-running Executive MBA program in Wisconsin. With the superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools and president of Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mone co-founded and co-leads the M3 Initiative, which seeks to close the achievement gap and transform the future of Milwaukee through education. He earned his doctorate in organizational behavior and organization theory from Washington State University.
Robin Van Harpen
As the senior vice chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs and Chief Business Officer, Robin Van Harpen is responsible for UWM’s finances and oversees a number of administrative units that keep the university running, including financial services, budget, procurement, facilities, campus planning, transportation services, safety/risk management, human resources, IT, police and legal. An attorney, she served as UWM’s chief legal counsel from 2004 to 2012. Prior to joining UWM in 2001, Van Harpen worked for the Milwaukee law firm von Briesen & Roper, s.c., practicing school law. She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Chia Youyee Vang
As vice chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chia Youyee Vang leads efforts to advance diversity and equity and foster inclusion for all campus community members. Vang served as associate vice chancellor for Global Inclusion and Engagement from 2017-2021. A professor of history, she has been on the UWM faculty since 2006. Her teaching and research interests include 20th century U.S. international history, with particular emphasis on its relation to refugee migration. Outside of academia, Vang has 10 years of experience providing program evaluation, planning and policy research consulting services. She earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Haag leads a diverse team responsible for supporting students in a division that includes Athletics, the Dean of Students Office, University Housing, University Recreation, the UWM Student Union, Norris Health Center, Retail Services, Children’s Learning Center, and various student life areas. She worked for many years in University Housing and served as its director from 2011 until her appointment as chief student affairs officer in January 2018. Her notable accomplishments include implementation of UWM’s living learning community program and the university’s inclusive housing policy.