Academic Affairs

Academic, Faculty and Global Programs

Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D.

Biographical Statement

Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr. is Associate Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs for the University of Wisconsin System Administration.  In this role he is responsible for providing leadership at the system level for the development and review of all academic, faculty, and international programs.  His responsibilities also include oversight for faculty and instructional development, PK-16 initiatives, the Women’s Studies Consortium, applied research grants, and the Wisconsin Distinguished Professors program.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin System in September 2008, Dr. Kolison served at Tennessee State University (TSU) as the founding Dean and Research Director of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research from February 2003 to August 2008, and as Director/Research Director of the Cooperative Agriculture Research Program from August 1998 to February 2003.  From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Kolison was a member of the faculty at Tuskegee University where he also served as Coordinator of the Forest Resources Program.  At Tuskegee University, Dr. Kolison achieved the ranks of Associate Professor and full Professor. 

Dr. Kolison earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Forest Economics from Iowa State University and B.S. degree in General Forestry from the University of Liberia.  He completed the “Institute for Educational Management” at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and holds a certificate in “Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education” from the Fischler School of Education and Human Services of Nova Southeastern University.  He is the author of several published articles and has received professional recognition and awards on numerous occasions.  He has served as a member of several national committees and panels.  His professional international experiences include research conducted in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Ghana, and other professional activities carried out in Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, and The Netherlands.