UW–Madison alum is new provost of Madison College

UW–Madison alumna Beth Giles-Klinkner has been named the new provost of Madison College. In this role she will lead the strategic direction of the institution’s academic affairs, leveraging her experience in learning sciences and organizational leadership.


Giles-Klinkner, one of three finalists for the position, stepped into the new role immediately. Previously she served as Madison College interim provost during the 2023-24 academic year.

“I have full trust in Beth’s ability to guide the academic affairs of our institution and continue the forward momentum she has already started,” said Madison College President Jack Daniels. “Her skills in fostering collaboration within the college and her understanding of the importance of offering relevant and responsive academic programming led me to choose her as our next provost. I am confident she will continue to advance the mission and vision of our college.”

“I consider it an honor to serve in this role for Madison College,” Giles-Klinkner said. “It is a life-changing place for our students, and I am eager to support and grow our programming well into the future.”

Giles-Klinkner earned a doctorate from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. Her early career experiences teaching in an urban setting fueled her decision to pursue a PhD to be best prepared to address educational inequity at a systemic level. After achieving her doctorate, she built and directed the UW System Institute for Urban Education before transitioning to UW–Madison where she spent many years directing the Education Outreach and Partnerships Office. She also worked at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

To learn more, read the official Madison College announcement.

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