Beverly A. Kopper is the 16th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Kopper has focused on student success and providing all students with transformational and empowering educational experiences. Kopper highlights the critical role faculty, staff, students, emeriti, alumni, businesses and friends of the University play in student learning and success. She has championed student involvement in high impact practices including undergraduate research, internships and student employment. 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, increased programming for veterans and service members, and increased retention rates. As a member of the planning committee for the Wisconsin 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 Jefferson and Walworth Counties United Way Board of Directors, and the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance. She is a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities Presidents Trust and the NCAA Division III Chancellors and Presidents Advisory Group.
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 lives in Whitewater with her husband Pete. They share three children – Paula who lives with her family in Marion, Iowa; B.J. who lives with his family in Greeley, Colorado and Christopher who is in graduate school at Colorado State University.