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UWSP at Wausau announces new leadership

May 24, 2022
headshot of Ozalle Toms
Ozalle Toms is the new campus executive at UWSP at Wausau.

A new campus executive has been named at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau.

Ozalle Toms will begin her new role Tuesday, July 5. Formerly the assistant vice chancellor for Student Diversity, Engagement and Success and an education faculty member at UW-Whitewater, Toms has also served as a high school special education teacher. She holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“Ozalle has a history of strong collaboration, inclusive leadership and building deep partnerships at UW-Whitewater,” said Gretel Stock, dean of the University College at UW-Stevens Point. “Her interests in student success and equity, access and inclusion will be a key asset to the university and Wausau.”

The campus executive leads operations and community engagement for UW-Stevens Point’s campus in Wausau. The position is responsible for providing vision, connecting community needs to organizational capacity and supervising daily operations.

Toms succeeds Ann Herda-Rapp, who chose to return to teaching sociology classes this fall after serving as campus executive for four years.

Herda-Rapp was a caring and visionary leader who kept students at the forefront of her decisions during her tenure, Stock said. “Under her leadership the campus built new programs, new partnerships and strengthened connections to the community.”

UWSP at Wausau, located next to Marathon Park, has been serving the higher educational needs of the Wausau area since 1933. Formerly known as UW-Marathon County, it became a branch campus of UW-Stevens Point in 2018. Its more than 500 students are offered master’s degrees in business administration, bachelor’s degrees in business, sociology, social work, nursing and engineering, and associate degrees.