Chancellor Beverly Kopper announced today that, after a national search, Grace Crickette has been named vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
"I'm so pleased to welcome Grace Crickette to UW-Whitewater," Kopper said. "In her career, she has contributed to a culture of excellence and she brings vast leadership experience at organizations ranging from nonprofit to Fortune 500. Her expertise in finance, team building and project management will serve our campus well."
Crickette serves as associate vice president for business operations at San Francisco State University, where she has been responsible for accounts payable, procurement and support services, travel, purchasing card program, student loan servicing, environment health and safety, audit and advisory services, quality assurance, policy administration, public records, compliance and budget administration.
She will begin her duties at UW-Whitewater on August 1.
"UW-Whitewater's mission of excellence in teaching, research and public service includes the delivery of exceptional administrative services," Crickette said. "When we focus on continuous improvement and optimize our resources, our entire community is better enabled to deliver on our commitment to our students. I am honored to be able to contribute to this vibrant community and I am looking forward to building on our strengths as a member of the Warhawk family."
Crickette previously served as senior vice president and chief risk and compliance officer at the American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada and Utah. She also spent nine years as chief risk officer at the University of California, the world's largest higher education system.
She received her Bachelor of Science at University of Redlands in California and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program in Boston, Massachusetts.
The vice chancellor for administrative affairs at UW-Whitewater oversees the following departments: Facilities Planning and Management, Budget and Finance, Risk Management and Safety, University Police Services and Security, Visitor and Parking Services, Human Resources and Diversity, and Internal Audit. The Administrative Affairs Division provides support services to the university community to cultivate a living and learning environment that enhances the success of students.