UW-Stout News Story

Provost-vice chancellor candidates narrowed to four

September 13, 2012

Four finalists have been named by University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen for the position of provost and vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs.

“This is a vital position at UW-Stout and the search committee has done a great job in reviewing the applications and selecting the finalists,” said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. “All of these candidates have the passion, experience and educational background that this job requires."

The finalists are:

•   Tom Erekson, dean of the College of Business and Technology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill. He will be on campus Monday, Sept. 17

•   Amy Hietapelto, dean of the College of Business and Management, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. She will be on campus Monday, Sept. 24

•   Joseph Bessie, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, Wash. He will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 25

•   Mary Hopkins-Best, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, UW-Stout. She will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“The search committee was very impressed with the high quality applicant pool,” said Joan Thomas, UW-Stout dean of students and search committee chairwoman. “The four individuals chosen for on-campus interviews represent the educational background, teaching and administrative experience and visionary leadership necessary to serve UW-Stout in this very important role.”

The interviews include making a presentation to a campuswide audience, as well as interviews with the chancellor’s Cabinet, Chancellor’s Advisory Council and search committee.

The position became vacant this summer when Julie Furst-Bowe left UW-Stout to become chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The provost reports to the chancellor and is the ranking executive officer in the chancellor’s absence. As vice chancellor, the position has responsibility for the largest division on campus, encompassing all teaching and student affairs functions.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has nearly 1,400 faculty and staff who serve more than 11,000 students annually on a vibrant, wireless campus. UW-Stout graduates have a 98 percent job placement rate, and UW-Stout has become a leader in online course delivery.

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