UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Connie Foster concluded her 25-year career with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as the 17th Chancellor in May 2009.
Foster’s distinguished career with UWRF included positions as interim chancellor, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, chair of the department of Health and Human Performance, athletic director, faculty member and coach.
She served as chair of the department of Health and Human Performance as well as athletic director from 1996 to 2002. She served as women’s athletic director from 1992 to 1996 and was named full professor in the department of Health and Human Performance in 1992. While under her tenure, women’s athletics received the Wisconsin’s Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Award for having the highest grade point average in the conference. From 1984 to 1992 she was an assistant and head coach for women’s gymnastics. The WWIAC named her Coach of the Year in 1988 and recognized her contributions to intercollegiate athletics with a certificate of appreciation in 1993.
During her tenure as interim chancellor, Foster provided leadership in the development and implementation of the UWRF strategic planning process, worked with colleagues to prioritize academic programs, revised the seven-year academic program review materials and created a new Integrated Planning Office.
Foster is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and a graduate of the SCUP Planning Institute. She has a B.S. in psychology from California State University-Long Beach, an M.A. in physical education from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in physical education/sports psychology from the University of Minnesota.