MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Eau Claire.

A 21-member search and screen committee, chaired by Dr. Rama Yelkur, UW-Eau Claire professor of marketing and coordinator of international business programs, recommended the slate of finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Edmund Manydeeds of Eau Claire.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Pam Benoit
Executive Vice President and Provost
Ohio University

Dr. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
California State University, Monterey Bay

Dr. Anne E. Huot
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Dr. Kent Neely
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Western Oregon University

Dr. James C. Schmidt
Vice President for University Advancement
Executive Director of WSU Foundation Board of Trustees
Winona State University

The five candidates will participate in a series of public forums between Feb. 18 and March 6, offering opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to interact directly with the finalists. The campus search and screen committee will announce a schedule for those public conversations.

Reilly and the special Regent committee will interview the finalists on March 20.  Along with Regent Manydeeds, committee members include Regent Jeff Bartell of Madison, Regent John Behling of Eau Claire, Regent Tracy Hribar of Franksville, and Regent Gary Roberts of Onalaska. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will succeed former UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who stepped down last spring to accept a new job as president of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. UW-Madison’s Gilles Bousquet has served as UW-Eau Claire’s Interim Chancellor since July.

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UW-Eau Claire enrolls more than 11,000 students in more than 80 degree programs. UW-Eau Claire is among U.S. News & World Report’s top five public regional universities in the Midwest for 2013; is named by The Princeton Review  as a 2013 Best Midwestern College and among its Best Value Colleges for 2013; and is designated a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

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