A Rich Heritage

If James Huff Stout returned today to the institution he founded in 1891, he wouldn't recognize the campus; nor would he be familiar with the specialized majors offered by what is now University of Wisconsin-Stout. Yet he would undoubtedly conclude that the spirit of his forward-looking vision lives on today.

Stout was the son of a lumber baron and heir to a portion of one of the largest lumbering operations in the world. As a state legislator, he recognized that the industrial revolution would change the face of America. Stout believed that schools' curriculum was not broad enough to prepare students to live in an industrialized society. An advocate of change, Stout was willing to use his fortune to sponsor it. He founded the Stout Manual Training School, which developed into the Stout Institute, then Stout State College, Stout State University and University of Wisconsin-Stout.

In its first 100 years, the institution changed vastly in scale, though not in character. University of Wisconsin-Stout is still an institution of vision, anticipating societal needs and preparing students to meet them.


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