Lisa Chambers hired as new Morgridge Center Associate Director

The Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW-Madison is thrilled to announce that Lisa Chambers has been hired as the center’s new associate director.

The hire comes in advance of current associate director Randy Wallar’s upcoming retirement in early 2017. Wallar has been with the Morgridge Center since its inception in 1996 and will be dearly missed.

Chambers comes to the Morgridge Center with a wealth of experience in higher education and campus-community partnerships. She currently serves as the interim Assistant Dean of Students and Director of International Student Services at UW-Madison, a position she has held since July.

Prior to arriving at UW-Madison, Chambers served for nine years as the director for the Centre for Community Partnerships at the University of Toronto, where she was responsible for providing leadership to the Centre’s academic and co-curricular service-learning initiatives as well as university-community partnerships.

“She is extraordinarily qualified for this job and by all accounts is a gifted manager and leader,” said Morgridge Center Faculty Director Kathy Cramer. “We are thrilled to have Lisa join our team.”

The associate director is responsible for day-to-day administrative and financial oversight of the center, among other specific program duties and relationship building.

Prior to her work at the University of Toronto, Chambers served as the Executive Director for Michigan Campus Compact, an association of Michigan college and university presidents allied to promote citizenship by encouraging students to engage in community service linked to scholarship. As a consultant to both the Michigan Campus Compact and to the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan, Chambers led a number of state-wide initiatives focused on the civic engagement movement in higher education.

Earlier in her career, she held student affairs positions at Kent State University and at St. Norbert College. Chambers obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a College Student Development emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chambers will start her position Nov. 28.