Dr. Maria Gallo, president of Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa., has been named the University of Wisconsin–River Falls' 20th chancellor.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously approved Gallo’s appointment, following a recommendation made by a selection committee. Gallo will assume the leadership post on July 15, 2021.
Gallo, a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, has been president of Delaware Valley University since July 1, 2016. Under her leadership, the university announced its first endowed professorship, increased student retention and grew its hydroponics and aquaponics education program.
“Dr. Gallo will be a terrific asset to UW-River Falls,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson. “She has an extensive academic background as a scholar with expertise in agronomy and genetics. She will take UW-River Falls to new heights.”
In Tuesday's announcement, Gallo expressed her appreciation for the appointment and pledged collaboration.
“I am inspired by the university’s commitment to academic excellence, student success, and affordability," she said. "I look forward to partnering with the 12 chancellors in the UW System along with UW-River Falls faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to bring innovation and opportunity to the state and the St. Croix Valley."
Prior to being, she was dean and director of Research and Cooperative Extension of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A plant molecular biologist, Gallo also was professor and chair of the agronomy department at the University of Florida where she specialized in crop improvement.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in agronomy from Cornell University, and both her master's in science in crop science and Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University.
“Dr. Gallo is a dynamic leader who we believe will be a great fit as the next UW-River Falls Chancellor,” said Regent Scott Beightol, chair of the Search and Screen Committee. “Her experience is exemplary, and we look forward to her leading the next generation of students. She was extraordinarily impressive to the search committee. We were impressed with her energy, her enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead UW-River Falls, her strong ties to agriculture and outstanding credentials, her sense of urgency in addressing enrollment and financial challenges, and her desire to make UW-River Falls an outstanding comprehensive university in the UW System.”
Gallo will earn $268,200 as chancellor.