Welcome to a new academic year!

As you probably know, Chancellor Bob Meyer retired on Sunday, and I’ve taken over as the interim chancellor.

I wish Bob the best as he transitions to this next phase of his life, and I very much appreciate having worked with him these past four years. Bob has laid a strong foundation for UW-Stout, with a comprehensive fundraising campaign that already has met the original goal — and a steady hand, informed by a long history with the institution, that has kept UW-Stout true to its values and mission.

As interim chancellor, I look forward to continuing that work. Among my key goals this year are to assist in ensuring we meet our aspirational goal for the campaign as we reach the end of fundraising efforts.

In addition, I intend to work closely with the campus in addressing continuing financial challenges. The 2019-2020 state budget had some important bright spots, including a state pay plan that will provide two, 2 percent wage increases over the next year and a half for eligible employees, and approval of the South Hall renovation. However, the small increase in state support in the budget will not be sufficient to cover the deficit resulting from our enrollment declines, and we will have important work this year in addressing our budget shortfall. This work will begin in earnest with a budget forum, tentatively scheduled for early October.

Finally, I look forward to continuing to advance our mission and vision as a polytechnic institution with an emphasis on applied learning, a focus on career preparation, and a continued spotlight on collaboration within and beyond the walls of our institution.

It has been a privilege to serve you as provost these past four years, and I look forward to continuing our collaboration during the upcoming year. I intend to continue Chancellor Emeritus Meyer’s frequent use of this blog space to communicate important news and other developments to campus.

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