Innovations in Post-Secondary Education


Moderator: Karen Lincoln Michel
Editor & Publisher, Madison Magazine

Karen Lincoln Michel joined the Madison Magazine staff April 2015 as the editor and was recently named publisher as well. Michel has editorial experience with publications including the La Crosse Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times Syndicate, the Green Bay Press-Gazette and most recently as executive editor of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana. She also serves on the board of directors as vice president with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and is past president of both UNITY: Journalists for Diversity and the Native American Journalists Association.


Leslie Orrantia
Director of Community Engagement, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leslie Orrantia has served as director of Community Relations since August 2016. Previously, Orrantia was an assistant director for the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network within the UW School of Education. Prior to her work at the university, she served as a caseworker in Madison for nearly five years. Orrantia earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She remains active in the community, serving as vice president of public relations for the Latino Professionals Association, a board member of Sustain Dane, and a member of the Latino Consortium for Action (LCA).


Dennis J. Shields-Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Dennis J. Shields is Chancellor of The University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During his nine years at the helm, the campus has realized tremendous growth. Enrollment grew nearly 11 percent from 2010 to fall 2016. Most recently, he piloted an impressive effort to gain legislative and gubernatorial approval to build a new $55 million state-of-the-art engineering facility on campus as well as a $23.7 million renovation project for Boebel Hall. Sesquicentennial Hall, slated for construction to begin within the next three years, will replace Ottensman Hall. The Boebel Hall renovation is scheduled to begin in 2019. Those two projects, plus a $15.3 million Williams Fieldhouse expansion, will give UW-Platteville more than $93 million in upcoming growth and improvements. Additionally, Chancellor Shields led the construction of two residence halls, one with a dining facility. They were built to accommodate the influx of students who have enrolled during his tenure. Chancellor Shields is also leading the restructuring of UW-Platteville. Approved by the UW System Board of Regents in November 2017, the former two-year colleges UW-Richland and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County became branch campuses of UW-Platteville, effective July 1. An Iowa native, Chancellor Shields earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Graceland College in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982.


Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler has been an educator for over 36 years. She joined UW-Oshkosh in November 2013 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. She previouslhy served as Interim Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for Capacity Building and the inaugural Director of UNCF’s Enrollment Management Program. During her career, she has addressed issues of diversity and inclusiveness within college and university communities and established corporate, foundation, secondary and higher education partnerships to support access to higher education. Prior to joining UNCF Dr. Carey-Butler served as Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans. She also served as Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA; she has also held numerous positions in higher education for the State of New York. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Vanderbilt University; her master’s degree from Binghamton University and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta.


Mai Lo Lee
Diversity Director, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Mai J. Lo Lee is a director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Mass Communications from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and her Master of Science Degree in Education at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Her research interests include leadership, cultural competency, women’s studies and student development. Mai was awarded the 2018 University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement for her work in the Brown County MLK Jr. Day Celebration, the 2016 Institution Staff Member of the Year, the 2009 UW System Woman of Color in Education award and was recently nominated for the 2017 Future 15 Young Professional of the Year award.