LSSU selects Travis as new president


SAULT STE. MARIE — Dr. David Travis, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, has been selected as the 11th president of Lake Superior State University.

His appointment was formalized at a special meeting of the board of trustees on Thursday, and he will begin his term effective June 3.

Travis earned bachelor and master of science degrees in geography from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in geography from Indiana University. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1994 as assistant professor of geography and he rose through the faculty and administrative ranks to professor of geography and dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

The Whitewater faculty recognized him as a gifted administrator, educator, and accomplished researcher in the fields of climatology, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications.

Travis was selected as the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 2018 and has assumed increasing responsibilities for UWRF’s academic portfolio and organizational activities.

A long-time administrator, he brings 18 years of combined management experience to LSSU. Travis is of Canadian lineage and has long history of dedicated service and commitment to student development, rural areas, international engagement, community partnerships, and working in border communities.

His appointment is the result of a national search conducted by members of the Lake Superior State University Presidential Search Committee, which included students, faculty, staff, alumni, individuals from the board of trustees, Sault Ste. Marie community members, and with assistance from Storbeck Diversified Search.

Travis will assume the role from current Interim President Dr. Lynn Gillette, who stepped in to assist the university following the departure of Dr. Rodney S. Hanley last year.

“I am honored and thrilled to be selected as LSSU’s next president,” Travis said. “Lake State is a university with dedicated and talented individuals that are transforming students’ lives every day. I am committed to doing what it takes to ensure this great university has the necessary resources to continue doing this work while strengthening its partnership with the city of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas.”

Travis plans to visit campus periodically prior to the start of his term for preparatory meetings with representatives of the broader LSSU community. An open reception will be held in April to welcome and introduce him to campus and the community. Details will be released in late March.

To learn more information about LSSU visit https://www.lssu.edu.


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