The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today formally appointed new chancellors at UW-Green Bay and UW-River Falls, approving all terms of their employment.

Thomas K. Harden was appointed as the chancellor of UW-Green Bay, with an annual salary of $216,000. He will take office on June 1, 2009.

Dean Van Galen was appointed as the chancellor of UW-River Falls, with an annual salary of $200,000. He will take office on June 1, 2009.

“We have high expectations for these new leaders,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly.  “This is a critical time for our nation, our state, and our universities. All UW campuses, including those in Green Bay and River Falls, will play a vital role in helping local communities face the challenges ahead.  Chancellor Harden and Chancellor Van Galen bring experience, vision, and demonstrated competence to the important role of advancing these fine UW institutions and serving their many constituents.”

In the Midwest, leaders of similar comprehensive universities (those offering baccalaureate and masters degrees) earn between $175,000 and $354,500, with a median salary of $225,750.

“Serving as chancellor of a UW institution is very demanding, requiring that these leaders work effectively with a wide range of students, alumni, faculty, staff, community leaders, donors, legislators, and others. That’s why we insist on employing a very rigorous and very public selection process,” said UW System Board of Regents President Mark Bradley. “Based on what we learned through this process, we are confident that both of these leaders are prepared to help us sustain and enhance the UW System’s commitment to academic excellence.”

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