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Thomas Pleger, Ph.D.Thomas Pleger Ph.D. 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.

Dr. 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 Ph.D. and subsequent research have focused on the archaeology of the Western Great Lakes and has resulted in publications in regional and local archaeological journals.

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.

Dr. Pleger has written on the importance of liberal education and the University of Wisconsin System and has been a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio concerning topics on archaeology and concerning public higher education in Wisconsin.

Dr. 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 spending time outdoors with their dogs and horse.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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Publications 

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

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Education 

  • 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.
    Minor: Geography
  • M.A. (Anthropology/Archaeology) 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. (Political Science) 1991, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    Minor: Anthropology/Archaeology
    Graduated with honors
    Semester abroad, 1989, University of Wisconsin at Dalkeith, Scotland program

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"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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