Dwight Watson

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson is resigning from the university’s top post following a recent cancer diagnosis, according to an announcement from the UW System shared last week.

Tommy Thompson, the head of the UW System, has appointed system Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Jim Henderson to serve as the university’s interim leader.

Watson, who was hired in 2019, will resign effective June 30, according to a news release. He will then help in the transition with Henderson until Oct. 31 before becoming a tenured faculty member with the College of Education and Professional Studies, in accordance with his contract.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Dwight’s personal health challenges, and I thank him for his service to UW-Whitewater during a difficult period,” Thompson said in the release. “We are incredibly fortunate that Jim Henderson has agreed to lead the university at this challenging time. He is a personable and thoughtful academic leader with exceptional experience that will benefit UW-Whitewater greatly.”

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