Welcome to Lake Superior State University!

President Dr. David Travis

Dr. David Travis is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his BS (1987) and MA (1989) degrees in Geography, as well as a graduate of Indiana University where he received his Ph.D. (1994) with a concentration in climatology in all degrees. He began a 30-year career in the Universities of Wisconsin System in 1994 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he spent 23 years teaching, doing research, and eventually moving into administrative positions. He won outstanding teaching (2001) and research (2003) awards during this time. His research on the impacts of aviation on climate change has been published in high-impact journals and is internationally recognized. As an administrator, Dr. Travis served in a variety of roles including Department Chair, Associate Dean for two different colleges, and Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences for his final five years on campus. In 2018, Dr. Travis moved into the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He held this position for six year with priorities centered on faculty/staff professional development, innovative approaches to managing change, and holistic approaches to improving student success.


As a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Dr. Travis is thrilled to be at Lake Superior State University where he can utilize his Canadian heritage to strengthen relationships with partners and prospective students across the border. Having lived in smaller towns his entire career, Dr. Travis enjoys being an active member of the community and getting to know people on a personal level. He looks forward to strengthening ties between the university and the community that surrounds it.

In his free time Dr. Travis enjoys playing racquetball, tennis, and spending time outdoors.

We equip our graduates with the knowledge, practical skills and inner strength to craft a life of meaningful employment, personal fulfillment, and generosity of self, all while enhancing the quality of life of the Upper Great Lakes region.