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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a resolution Friday, June 6, honoring Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen for his nearly 26 years of service to the university. Sorensen is retiring Aug. 15.
The resolution, presented during the Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee, noted that under Sorensen, the longest-serving chancellor in the school's history, enrollment has increased by 31 percent, the number of undergraduate majors doubled and UW-Stout became the first university or college to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Also, the resolution stated: "During his tenure, UW-Stout has maintained the employment rate for new graduates at or above 97 percent, even during the worst recession since the Great Depression," and UW-Stout was designated by the Board of Regents in 2007 as Wisconsin's Polytechnic University.
The resolution thanks Sorensen for his service and wishes him and his wife, Toni, well in their retirement years.
In a memo to the Board, Sorensen said he has been privileged to serve the university and credited the accomplishments cited in the resolution to "working with outstanding students, faculty and staff."
Sorensen said that individual campuses "are the driving force behind the UW System" and encouraged the board to "be devoted to fully realizing the individual strengths of each and every campus."
In closing, Sorensen said, "Let me say that my years of serving UW-Stout certainly have been the best of my life, and I leave with nothing but gratitude for the warm and caring people my wife, Toni, and I have come to know at this fine university."
Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and a former college dean at UW-Stout, will succeed Sorensen on Aug. 16.
The state Legislature honored Sorensen in February with a joint resolution.###