State Legislature to honor Chancellor Sorensen on Tuesday
February 17, 2014
The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to
vote on a joint resolution Tuesday, Feb. 18, honoring Chancellor Charles W.
Sorensen for his nearly 26 years of service to University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The resolution, on the calendars of the
both the Assembly and the Senate, is sponsored by Rep. John Murtha and state
Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. UW-Stout is in the districts represented by Murtha and
Harsdorf. Sorensen has been invited by the legislators to attend the Tuesday
sessions of the Assembly and Senate.
Sorensen has announced he is retiring Aug.
15, 2014, after completing 26 years as chancellor. The UW System is conducting
a search for his replacement.
"Chancellor Sorensen has been a truly
pivotal part of UW-Stout, bringing the university to new heights and creating a
new level of excellence in education," Murtha said. "His ambitious ideas have
created an advanced and exceptional university for all who desire to learn. It
has been an honor working with the chancellor and getting to know him better
during my time as representative of the 29th Assembly District. I wish him the
best of luck in his future endeavors. He will be truly missed."
Harsdorf also congratulated Sorensen. "I am
pleased to take this opportunity to acknowledge Chancellor Sorensen for his
many years of service to UW-Stout and the Menomonie community and commend him
for his leadership and many contributions in making UW-Stout an outstanding and
nationally recognized polytechnic institution," she said.
The resolution makes note of the many
accomplishments at UW-Stout during Sorensen's tenure, including:
enrollment by more than 31 percent
the number of undergraduate majors from 20 to 45
the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001
named Wisconsin's Polytechnic University in 2007
the eStout program, which gives every undergraduate a laptop computer with
more than $4,500 in preloaded software
a 97 percent employment rate for recent graduates
the Stout University Foundation from $2.3 million in assets to more than
numerous major building projects and renovations on campus.
Sorensen said he was overwhelmed by the
legislative recognition and felt it was important to share the honor with the
students, faculty and staff at UW-Stout.
"I have had the privilege of working with
some amazing students, faculty and staff during my time at UW-Stout," Sorensen
said. "All of these accomplishments were team efforts."
Sorensen said the support of legislators
like Murtha and Harsdorf has been essential in moving UW-Stout forward.
"The UW System and the Legislature need to
work together for the good of the state," Sorensen said. "Rep. Murtha and Sen.
Harsdorf have always been willing to listen to our concerns."
For more information about Chancellor
Sorensen's career at UW-Stout, click here.