UW-Stout chancellor search committee named (Jan 9, 2014)

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January 9, 2014

UW-Stout chancellor search committee named

MADISON – University of Wisconsin System Interim President Richard J. Telfer today appointed a 21-member Search and Screen Committee to help identify a successor to UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen, who announced last month that he will be retiring in August.

Telfer appointed 11 UW-Stout faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students. They will be joined by two administrators and two community representatives. Dr. Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, from UW-Stout’s Mathematics Department, will chair the committee.

Serving on the Search and Screen Committee are:

Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, Associate Professor, Mathematics (chair)
Karunanithy Chinnadurai, Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition
Kathleen Deery, Professor, Rehabilitation and Counseling
Kevin Drzakowski, Associate Professor, English and Philosophy
John Dzissah, Associate Professor, Operations and Management
Amy Fichter, Associate Professor, Art and Art History    
Edward (Ted) Harris, Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism
Amanda Little, Associate Professor, Biology
Laura McCullough, Professor, Physics
Maureen Mitton, Professor, Design
Hollace Anne Teuber, Associate Professor, Speech Communication

Academic Staff
Jerry Addie, Laboratory Manager, Apparel and Communication Technologies
Robin Muza, Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Family Studies

Classified Staff
Jeffrey Ohvall, IS Supervisor 2, Enterprise Information Systems
Joan Wahl, Financial Specialist 3, Student Business Services

Kelly Bloomgren, third-year student, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
Trevor Sobtzak, third-year student, Engineering Technology

Donald Mash, Executive Senior Special Assistant, President’s Office, UW System
 Kim Schulte-Shoberg, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UW-Stout

Community Representatives
Christine Stratton, District Administrator, School District of Menomonie
S. Mark Tyler, President, OEM Fabricators, Inc.  

Following a national search and an intensive screening process, the committee is expected to recommend five candidates as finalists for consideration by the UW System President and a special Board of Regents committee, chaired by Regent Drew Petersen of Madison. Other members of the committee include Regent Tony Evers (Madison), Regent Margaret Farrow (Pewaukee), and Regent Edmund Manydeeds (Eau Claire).

After a series of public presentations and personal interviews, the UW System president and the Regent committee will recommend one individual to the full board, which must approve the appointment.

The campus search committee will convene for the first time at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at UW-Stout. At that meeting, Telfer will officially charge the committee with its mission, review procedures and begin the national search.

Chancellor Sorensen, the sixth and longest-serving chancellor in the history of UW-Stout, has served since 1988.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has more than 9,200 students in 44 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with an employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 2001.


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UW System   
Douglas Mell