After 19 years working in administration at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (18,000 students, 100 buildings), I came to UW-Barron County as Dean in 1997. It is true pleasure to be back in northern Wisconsin. I was born in Ashland, grew up there, and attended Northland College. I studied at Heidelberg University in my junior year and later was at the Free University of Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship during my doctoral program. I maintain contact with friends in Germany and remain very interested in German affairs. I live in an old farmhouse outside of town, and the property has a distinctive eight-sided machine shed with a granary attached. I love to read, listen to music, kayak, and cross-country ski. Despite my long sojourn in New York, I remain an avid Packer and Brewer fan.
Dr. Paul W. Chase has been Dean and Campus Executive Officer of the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake since August 1997. Prior to coming to the Rice Lake area, Dr. Chase had a 19 year career in administration at the State University of New York at Stony Brook including positions as Assistant to the President, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Advising.
Born and raised in Ashland, Dr. Chase spent the junior year of his college career studying at Heidelberg University in southern Germany. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and German from Northland College and a master’s degree in modern European history from UW-Madison. In 1972, he entered the State University of New York to work on his doctorate. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and spent 1 ½ years (1975 – 76) at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. As a student at SUNY-Stony Brook, he began working in the President’s Office in 1978 and completed his doctoral thesis on modern German history in 1992.
Since becoming Dean at UW-Barron County, Dr. Chase has been involved in numerous local activities. He is currently on the boards of the Rice Lake Rotary Club, which he serves as President, and the Marshfield Clinic Rice Lake Center/Lakeview Medical Center.
Ph.D. in Modern European History, State University of New York at Stony Brook M.A. in Modern European History, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee B.A. in History and German, Northland College