Thompson named UW-Stevens Point Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Al Thompson Jr., the former dean of Student Life and associate vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern Washington University, is UWSP’s new vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
Thompson returned to Wisconsin, having previously directed programs at UW-Platteville and UW-La Crosse for a total of 20 years. He succeeded Bob Tomlinson, who retired from the position in 2010 after 14 years at UW-Stevens Point.
“I am looking forward to working with Chancellor Patterson and the university as we provide outstanding services to our UWSP’s students,” said Thompson. “I am eager to step into the role of vice chancellor to lead our Student Affairs Division to continue to create a culture of transformational experiences for our student body."
“Al brings years of varied experiences in student affairs to UW-Stevens Point,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “The work he has done to promote diversity, reach out to the community and assist students in all aspects of their education ensures that his leadership will continue the thriving student-centered environment at this university.”
Prior to his work at Eastern Washington University, Thompson was assistant to the chancellor for Affirmative Action and Diversity and a member of the graduate faculty at UW-La Crosse from 1997 to 2008. He worked at UW-Platteville from 1988 to 1997, serving as the assistant to the chancellor for Minority Affairs, director of Multi-Cultural Services and the Ethnic Studies program. Thompson also coordinated minority studies programs and served as a residence hall director at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
He has a long record of community service, including membership in the executive boards of the La Crosse and Platteville’s Rotary Clubs, the United Way of La Crosse and Platteville and several local school organizations. He is also a member of several professional organizations and has served as an invited speaker and guest lecturer on diversity issues.
Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counselor education and student development at the University of Iowa. He also earned a doctorate of education in leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
He and his wife, Telitha, have two children. He enjoys playing golf and basketball, traveling and being involved in service organizations.