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The search and screen committee that will help select the next chancellor at University of Wisconsin-Stout has scheduled three additional community forums.
The first forum was Thursday night at the Menomonie Public Library. Upcoming forums are:
Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, search committee chair, said the forums are intended to discuss what qualities community members would like to see in the next UW-Stout leader. Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen has announced he is retiring Aug. 15 after 26 years in the position.
"It is very important that search committee members hear from a wide variety of people about what qualities we should be looking for in the next chancellor," said Ghenciu, associate professor in the mathematics department."We are having a number of forums on campus, in Menomonie and in the region to make sure we hear from everyone who has a stake in UW-Stout."
The 21-member search and screen committee is expected to recommend five candidates as finalists to be considered by the UW System president and a special Board of Regents Committee. One finalist will be presented to the full Board of Regents for a confirmation vote in June.
System officials have said they want the committee's work to be completed by the end of May so a new chancellor can be in place when Sorensen leaves.
A chancellor search website has been established.