Richard J. Telfer is the 15th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Chancellor Telfer has been a member of the campus community for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment as interim chancellor in June 2007, he served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Whitewater for five years, and associate vice chancellor from 1997-2002. He previously served as a professor and department chair in the department of curriculum and instruction, and as an assistant dean in the campus’ graduate school. He first joined the campus as an assistant professor in 1985.
Some of Chancellor Telfer’s most significant academic and educational initiatives include: strengthening retention and graduation rates, developing freshmen learning communities and initiating the new student seminar. He has also played a key role in the establishment of several nationally recognized programs including: the Academic Advising and Exploration Center, the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Scholars Program and the Honors Program.
Chancellor Telfer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a bachelor’s degree in speech/English and a master’s degree in secondary education/reading improvement from Central Michigan University.
Chancellor Telfer and his wife, Roni, live in Whitewater where they are active in campus, community and civic groups. They have two adult children: Rachel and Gavin. Rachel and Sean Dorn live in Yakima, Washington, with their daughter Alison. Gavin and Sara Telfer live in Manchester, New Hampshire.