MADISON – University of Wisconsin System President Katharine C. Lyall today announced the names of four finalists for the position of chancellor of UW-Eau Claire.

The names have been forwarded to the Board of Regents’ Special Committee for the

UW-Eau Claire Chancellorship, chaired by Regent Patrick Boyle, which will interview the finalists

May 1 in Madison. Other committee members are Regents Jo Anne Brandes, Ruth Marcene James, Toby Marcovich and Grant Staszak. The full Board of Regents will take final action once it receives a recommendation from the Special Committee.

The finalists, their titles and institutions are as follows:

Phillip L. Beukema
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Joann C. Fenton
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Donald J. Mash
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

Marjorie Smelstor
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

A seventeen-member campus/community search committee, chaired by Dr. James Oberly, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire, submitted its recommendations to President Lyall on April 17.

The four finalists were chosen from among 72 applicants. The person chosen by the Regents will become UW-Eau Claire’s sixth chancellor, succeeding Larry Schnack. Chancellor Emeritus Schnack retired in January 1998 after a 32-year career with the University of Wisconsin System, the last 13 as chancellor.


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