About President Pleger
- Thomas Pleger, Ph.D.
Thomas Pleger started as LSSU’s eighth president on July 1, 2014, after having served as campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County since 2006.
Pleger has held positions at several University of Wisconsin campuses, including Madison, La Crosse, Marinette and Fox Valley, and at Lawrence University. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science, with honors, from UW-La Crosse and is an alumnus of the Wisconsin in Scotland program. He earned his M.A. in anthropology and his Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology, both from UW-Madison. His research has focused on the archaeology of the Western Great Lakes and has been published in a variety of edited volumes and archaeological journals pertaining to the archaeology of eastern North America.
A former University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow, Dr. Pleger is a recipient of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society's Lapham Research Medal, and formerly a speaker for the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. He is a past council member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
Pleger has written on the importance of liberal education, higher education and the economy, the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin, Michigan and Lake Superior State University. He has been a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio concerning topics on archaeology and regarding public higher education in Wisconsin, Michigan and the US.
Tom Pleger is married to Teresa, who formerly worked in UW-BSC Student Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in education/professional development from UW-La Crosse. Lifelong residents of Wisconsin until moving to Michigan in 2014, the Plegers enjoy many hobbies, including boating on the St. Marys River and the Great Lakes, and spending time outdoors with their dogs and horse.
Connect with the President
Selected Articles and Books About Archaeology
Pleger, Thomas C. and James B. Stoltman
2009 The Archaic Tradition in Wisconsin, In: Archaic Societies: Diversity and Complexity Across the Midcontinent, edited by Thomas E. Emerson, Andrew C. Fortier and Dale McElrath, pp. 697-723. State University of New York Press, Albany, New York.
Alice Beck, and Thomas C. Pleger
2007 Archaeology: A Concise Introduction. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. ISBN 1-57766-450-7
Interviews and Articles
Public Television Interviews
Selected Articles From the Web
UW System looking to the future and building common ground
Liberal education foundation for higher learning in country
Measuring the Worth of a College Major
Wisconsin Idea moves forward in Baraboo
The Value of a College Degree
The History of the University of Wisconsin System
The value of a liberal arts education (pdf)
UW-BSC: your local University of Wisconsin campus
UW-BSC research piques interest
Ph.D. (Anthropology/Archaeology) 1998
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: Social Complexity, Trade, and Subsistence During the Archaic/Woodland Transition in the Western Great Lakes (4000-400 B.C.): A Diachronic Case Study of Copper Using Cultures at the Oconto and Riverside Cemeteries.
M.A. (Anthropology/Archaeology) 1993
University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. (Political Science) 1991
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Graduated with honors
Semester abroad, 1989, University of Wisconsin at Dalkeith, Scotland program