MADISON, Wis.—Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman today announced three finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, which enrolls 10,300 students and offers 102 undergraduate programs in 30 disciplines, 30 graduate programs, and two doctoral programs.

A Special Regent Committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates identified by an 11-member Search and Screen Committee led by Regent Ashok Rai, chair, and Enilda Delgado, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, vice chair.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

James M. Beeby
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Keene State College
Keene, NH

Betsy L. Morgan
Interim Chancellor
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

Christopher J. Olsen
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN

Next week, the candidates will participate in separate campus forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them. The finalists will also take part in a public conversation.

After reviewing campus feedback, Rothman and the Special Regent Committee, comprised of Regents Angela Adams, Evan Brenkus, Jim Kreuser, Joan Prince, and chaired by Regent Rai, will interview the finalists. The Special Regent Committee will recommend a single successful candidate to the Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-La Crosse’s 11th leader.

For more information about the candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-La Crosse chancellor search page: For more information about UW-La Crosse, go to its homepage:


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Established in 1909, UW-La Crosse is a public university enrolling approximately 10,300 undergraduate and graduate students within a vibrant community in one of the most beautiful regions of Wisconsin. It has long been recognized as a top mid-sized university in the Midwest. UWL is part of the Universities of Wisconsin, a constellation of 13 universities and 26 campuses that promote the Wisconsin Idea in all corners of the state.


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