Thomas Pleger

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Thomas Pleger

Dean and Campus Executive Officer
Office of the Dean

University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County
1006 Connie Road
Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
Umhoefer Bldg, A110
(608) 355-5201

Dr. Thomas Pleger has served as Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County since 2006. In that role, he oversees all operations of the campus.

Dr. Pleger has previously held positions at UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse, UW-Marinette, UW-Fox Valley, and 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 the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Ph.D. and subsequent research has focused on the archaeology of the Western Great Lakes and has resulted in publications in regional and local archaeological journals.

Pleger is a former University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow, a recipient of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society's Lapham Research Medal, and a speaker for the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. He is currently a council member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

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

Pleger is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He and his wife Teresa reside on 3.5 acres of woodland northwest of Baraboo. The Plegers have two dogs, two horses, and a parrot and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Curriculum Vitae 

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

Public Radio Interviews:

Archive of Dr. Pleger's recent interviews on Wisconsin Public Radio

Pubic Television Interviews:

View Dr. Pleger's "The Old Copper Industry" segment, from Wisconsin Public Television's "University Place."

Visit the following web pages to read Dean Pleger's articles about:


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