Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from “the” Ohio State University in 1976, followed by a Master's and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. After working as a Post-doctoral fellow doing mathematical modeling of liver cancer in the Department of Pathology, he worked as a Fulbright Lecturer in Managua, Nicaragua, helping the Sandinistas build a math and statistics program at UNAN Managua during the height of the Contra-War.
Upon returning to Wisconsin, he studied (and continues to study) the mathematical side of String Theory before entering the world of quantitative and qualitative analysis applied to higher education. He has worked directly for the diversity programs and related efforts at UW-Madison since 2000.
He enjoys sports of many kinds, especially kayaking and sailing, since his knees have reached a stage in which they no longer permit participation in basketball, hockey, and soccer.