Chancellor Sorensen honored with James Huff Stout Award
May 21, 2014
When Chancellor Charles Sorensen retires Aug. 15, he will go
down in University of Wisconsin-Stout history for his 26 years of leadership in
innovation and carrying on the vision of the school's founder.
Sorensen's impact has earned him the prestigious James Huff
Stout Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UW-Stout Alumni Association. The
honor has been awarded only to a select few who embody the principles of the
James Huff Stout was a forward thinker who believed a manual
training school with mechanic arts, domestic arts and art would build qualities
students needed to succeed in the world.
"Chancellor Sorensen is the perfect recipient of the James
Huff Stout Award," said Juliet Fox, Alumni Association director. "He has
carried the essence of James Huff Stout's vision of learning through
involvement into modern times."
Fox presented the award to Sorensen at his campus retirement
celebration April 30.
Examples of Sorensen's commitment to UW-Stout's legacy can
be seen in growing enrollment, high graduate employment rates, boosts in
private donations, the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award and UW-Stout's
polytechnic designation. Yet his impact is measured in more than numbers and
awards, those who nominated him said.
"A great leader sees what others can't or don't feel confident
they can achieve," said Bill Otto, 1978 alumnus and executive vice president of
Kalahari Resorts. "They foster an environment and offer encouragement to their
team to take calculated risk and affect changes. Chuck is certainly such a
Business owners Dwight and Linda Davis of Greenheck
Corporation, 1966 and 1967 alumni, pointed out Sorensen's unwavering commitment
to UW-Stout's relevancy, excellence and uniqueness. "He is always striving to
assure learning experiences that will enhance the ability of graduates to excel
in the competitive world of work," they said in a joint statement.
Sorensen's involvement in community organizations has
extended his impact beyond the university, they said.
Otto noted UW-Stout's technological advances and how the
region has benefited from the university's strength and vitality. "The
university is the economic centerpiece of the city. As such, it has a moral and
civic responsibility to be a good corporate citizen. To be sure, Chuck has been
very conscious of the impact the university has on the citizens of Menomonie."
As a symbol of Sorensen's visionary thinking, 2005 graduate
Mike Route created a customized wrought iron piece of art that was presented to
Sorensen for the James Huff Stout Award.
The Stout Alumni Association also designated Sorensen as an
Click here for details of James Huff Stout's establishment of the Stout Manual Training
School, which later became UW-Stout.
Charles W. Sorensen speaks April 30 during his campus retirement reception,
when he received the James Huff Stout Award.