Beverly A. Kopper was named 16th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater effective July 1, 2015. Before her appointment as the university's chief executive, Kopper served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 2010 to 2015. She came to UW-Whitewater from the University of Northern Iowa, where she served as associate provost for academic affairs and previously in other administrative positions.
Kopper has focused on increasing student involvement in high-impact practices, including undergraduate research, and highlighting the critical role faculty, staff, students, and employer and alumni partners play in student learning and success. Kopper led a major and transparent reorganization of the enrollment and retention units, and subsequently, UW-Whitewater has experienced record enrollments, increased out-of-state and underrepresented minority enrollment, and increased retention and graduation rates. As a member of the planning committee for the Wisconsin 2010 Economic Summit Series and the Be Bold 2 Strategic Planning Group, Kopper worked with state leaders to design and develop a Wisconsin workforce and economic development strategy to be considered by the governor and legislature. Kopper is president of the Whitewater University Technology Park Board, and a member of the Governing Board of the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties, the Whitewater Community Foundation Board and the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance.
Kopper is a professor of psychology who earned her Ph.D. and master's degree in counseling psychology from Iowa State University. She also has her master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Chancellor Kopper and her husband, Pete Hill, live in Whitewater. They share three adult children, Paula, B.J. and Christopher. Paula and her family live in Iowa, B.J. and his family live in Colorado and Christopher lives in Missouri.