UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Maria Gallo was named the 20th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May 2021 and began as chancellor on July 15, 2021. Gallo is a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. She comes to UWRF from Delaware Valley University where she served as president since July 1, 2016.
Earlier, Gallo was dean and director of Research and Cooperative Extension of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and was professor and chair of the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida where she specialized in crop improvement.
Gallo earned her bachelor's degree in agronomy from Cornell University and both her master's degree in crop science and Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University.
Gallo says she was inspired by the university’s commitment to academic excellence, student success, and affordability.
“I look forward to partnering with the 12 chancellors in the UW System along with UW-River Falls faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to bring innovation and opportunity to the state and the St. Croix Valley,” she said.
UW System President Tommy Thompson emphasized Gallo’s extensive academic background in announcing her selection as UWRF’s new chancellor.
“She is a scholar with expertise in agronomy and genetics,” Thompson said. “She will take UW-River Falls to new heights.”