Robert M. Meyer named new UW-Stout chancellor
May 27, 2014
Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College, has been named the next chancellor of University of
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
today approved Meyer's appointment, following the recommendation made by a
selection committee. Meyer begins work Aug. 16, 2014.
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen has announced he is
retiring Aug. 15 after 26 years at UW-Stout. Meyer will be the seventh
chancellor in the history of UW-Stout.
"I plan a fast start as chancellor, drawing upon my
experiences and relationships developed as a UW-Stout graduate, faculty member
and leader," Meyer said. "UW-Stout's impressive faculty and staff are devoted
to student learning and maintaining the great success its graduates have in the
workplace: a 97 percent employment rate.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be able to work with students,
faculty and staff to build upon the institution's mission as Wisconsin's Polytechnic
Meyer joined Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
in Shell Lake in 2008. He serves as the college's chief executive officer,
providing leadership and vision to the college, overseeing all aspects of its
operations. He also facilitates strategic planning and outcomes and aligns
divisional plans and WITC's $78 million budget to the strategic plan.
In his time at WITC Meyer expanded partnerships
with K-12 districts, technical colleges and universities and increased WITC
Foundation holdings more than 50 percent. During his tenure, WITC was
recognized three times among the top 10 of Washington Monthly Magazine's
national rankings of two-year colleges.
Meyer brings nearly three decades of experience
with UW-Stout to his new position. In addition to time on campus as a student,
Meyer spent 25 years at UW-Stout in various professional roles, including
assistant to the chancellor for state and federal relations; dean of the College
of Technology, Engineering and Management; associate dean of outreach; and
director of the Stout Technology Transfer Institute.
"Dr. Meyer is an established leader with an
extensive knowledge of Wisconsin and a long-time affinity with UW-Stout. He
understands its mission, challenges and potential and how higher education must
evolve to meet the needs of those it serves," said UW System President Ray Cross.
"He has a distinguished record of successful service and senior-level
leadership, and I am confident he is well-prepared to lead UW-Stout to a bright
Meyer holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from
the University of Minnesota. He earned a master's in management technology and
a B.S. in industrial education, both from UW-Stout.
"It will be a privilege and an honor to serve as
UW-Stout's next chancellor," Meyer added. "Since it was founded by James Huff
Stout in 1891, the university has enjoyed a rich history. It is renowned for
its applied programs and strong ties with employers that enable graduates to go
out in the world with such success."
"This is an exciting time for UW-Stout. Dr. Meyer
brings an impressive portfolio of scholarship and leadership and, just as
importantly, a tremendous commitment to the polytechnic mission of the university,"
said Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, associate professor of mathematics, who chaired the 21-member
campus search and screen committee. "I am confident that our new chancellor
will provide the right mix of vision, people skills and collaboration that will
be needed to lead UW-Stout now and in the future. I look forward to working
with him to accomplish the goals that will be set forth in the weeks and months
"We were very impressed with Dr. Meyer as an
experienced educational leader who understands what it takes to help students
succeed in college," said Regent Drew Petersen of Madison, chair of the Board
of Regents committee that interviewed all of the finalists with Cross.
"UW-Stout is about to begin a new chapter in its long and storied history. Dr.
Meyer is a well-established scholar whose leadership and vision complement the
legacy of Chancellor Sorensen. He will be a great asset to the university, the
UW System and the state."
Other members of the special Regent committee
included Margaret Farrow (Pewaukee), Tim Higgins (Appleton), and Edmund
Manydeeds (Eau Claire).
In line with market-based compensation guidelines
approved by the Board of Regents last October, Meyer will earn $230,000 as
UW-Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, has 45 undergraduate
majors and 23 graduate programs, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout,
established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the
workplace, with an employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent
graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality award in 2001.
Photo: Robert M. Meyer speaks on campus during his presentation as a chancellor finalist.
Video: Meyer presents as chancellor finalist.