MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced four finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–Stout in Menomonie, Wis.

A 10-member Search and Screen Committee, led by Regent Jason R. Plante and Associate Professor Julie Bates-Maves of the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences, recommended a list of finalists. The Special Regent Committee determined that the following finalists will continue in the selection process.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Mark L. Biermann
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN

Katherine P. Frank
Vice President of Academic Innovation and Professor of English, Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA

Christopher Grant Maples
Interim President, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, OR

Jennifer E. Orlikoff
Campus President, Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Keyser, WV

In November, the four candidates will participate in separate public forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them.

President Cross and the Special Regent Committee will interview finalists Nov. 19. The Special Regent Committee includes Regent Plante, Regent Emeritus John Robert Behling, Regent Cris Peterson, Regent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, and Regent Emeritus S. Mark Tyler. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Stout’s eighth chancellor.

For more information about the four candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Stout Chancellor Search webpage. For more information about UW-Stout, see

The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, combines applied learning with the liberal arts to provide career-focused education on campus and online, real world experience, and applied research in facilities with three times as many labs as classrooms. Located in beautiful western Wisconsin, more than 97 percent of UW-Stout’s graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of leaving campus.

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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Doug Mell UW-Stout (715) 232-1198