Kenyan visitors bring new perspective to UW-Stout; chancellor finalists, Cabot presentations coming up

What a day we had Monday with our distinguished visitors from Kenya. Through the hard work of a lot of people, our students, faculty and staff had a unique opportunity to hear from a number of Kenyan leaders on the importance of growing global connections and how institutions like UW-Stout can use existing relationships to foster ties to Kenya and other African counties.

Those ties started, among other places, several years ago when the university participated in the Young African Leaders Initiative sponsored by former President Obama. The delegation included Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, governor of Kisumu County, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Kenya, along with Achie Ojany Alai, commissioner for tourism in Kisumu County, Bob Madanji, chief protocol Kisumu County, and others.

I was amazed and pleased with the turnout for the presentation in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, with more than 400 students, faculty and staff attending. My deepest thanks go to everyone who helped with this event, including business instructor Scot Vaver; Scott Pierson, director of the Office of International Education; Dale Mord, an alumnus who participated in the presentation; the staff of the MSC; and the University Police department, which provided security.

A news release about the event is available here.

Chancellor finalists to visit campus

The search for the eighth chancellor of UW-Stout is coming to campus. The four finalists for the position will be visiting starting Friday, and I want to encourage as many members of the campus community as possible to attend the presentations.

The presentations are from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, starting this Friday and continuing Monday through Wednesday next week. Information on each candidate and a feedback form is available here.

I also want to thank the members of the search and screen committee for their hard work in bringing these four candidates to campus. 

Cabot executive gives presentation next week

Speaking of presentations, the campus will have a chance to hear from a successful entrepreneur next week during the annual Cabot Executive in Residence Program. This year the program is bringing Sue Fuller, founder of the handbag and accessory company Oliver Thomas. She will discuss her experience in the fashion industry and the entrepreneurial drive it took to establish the company, which is named after her beloved shih tzu dog.

Her experience includes working for Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Kohl’s and Vera Bradley. A Forbes Magazine story on Sue is available here. Her presentation will be from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Memorial Student Center. The program is named in honor of Arthur R. Cabot, a very successful pet products manufacturer. Cabot’s son, Scott, is a 1978 graduate of UW-Stout.

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