Nevins named Dean of Students

July 1, 2013

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Sherry Nevins

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — Sherry Nevins has been at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for 13 years, but it only took one semester to find out how much she loved the role of Dean of Students. Nevins was named as the dean after serving the interim since December.

“I’m so excited to have this position because I really enjoyed the five months as an interim,” she said.

"I am looking forward to working closely with Sherry Nevins in this role," said Dr. Laura Bayless, new assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs. "Her excellent skills and experience and her strong knowledge of UW-Platteville will be invaluable as we serve our students."

Nevins joined the UW-Platteville Department of Residence Life in 2000 as assistant director and was named the interim associate director in 2011. In 2008, she earned the William B. Sweet Distinguished Service Award from the Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers. Recipients are recognized for their contributions and dedication to the regional and international association and to the housing profession.

As the dean, her Student Affairs background will help her tackle the many roles the position demands.

“When you think of the dean’s office, you think of crisis and conflict, but there is so much more, like advocacy for students, working with faculty and parents, and initiating educational programs,” she said.

Her goals are to be more visible on campus, support students, organizations, put a face to the dean’s office for students and reach out to faculty. She likens her department’s role to connecting dots.

“This is truly a place to go where we may not always have all the answers, but we can direct you to the people who do,” she said. “We really are covering the 360-degree student, and life inside and outside the classroom. We may have designated people and offices for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, but for the student those lines should be blurred. It’s all part of their educational experiences.”

Prior to coming to UW-Platteville, Nevins worked for Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, the University of Dubuque, Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and UW-Stevens Point. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. and Master’s of Science from Western Illinois University.

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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