Notable LGBTQ Executives: Dr. Robin Fox

Class of 2022

  • Category: Notable LGBTQ Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 35
  • Undergrad degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (bachelor’s)
  • Graduate degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (master’s) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction)

As dean of education and professional studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Robin Fox led a program that graduates the most licensed teachers in Wisconsin. She addressed the need for teachers in rural communities by advocating with local school district support for student teachers to return to their hometowns. She also recommended solutions to the special education and substitute teacher shortages.

Now as interim provost, Fox’s leadership style has set a tone of mutual respect and collaboration at UWW. Fox uses her voice to provide a more inclusive environment, said John Chenoweth, interim chancellor at UWW. 

“She works with undergraduate students on LGBTQ+ research and serves on the Chancellor’s Task Force on LGBTQ Issues, helping to advocate for all-gender bathrooms and language changes, such as the need to eliminate ‘dead names’ when individuals change their names to reflect their identity,” said Chenoweth. “UWW is also one of the first universities in the country to add pronouns to student IDs, supporting inclusion.”

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