Five finalists for chancellor position named by UW System

By University Communications
April 30, 2014
Finalists for chancellor position

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University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Stout.

A 21-member search and screen committee, chaired by Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, from UW-Stout’s mathematics department, recommended the slate of finalists to Cross and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Drew Petersen of Madison.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Bryan D. Albrecht
President and chief executive officer
Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

D.C. Coston
Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota

Richard S. Lapidus
Dean, College of Business Administration
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California

Margaret E. Madden
Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs
State University of New York at Potsdam, New York

Robert M. Meyer
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Shell Lake, Wisconsin

“This is an extremely strong group of candidates, each of whom could provide the visionary leadership, capable management and strong interpersonal skills needed in our seventh chancellor,” Ghenciu said. “I am sure that these attributes, along with their additional unique qualifications, will be evident during their visits to campus.”

The five candidates will participate in a series of public forums, offering opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to interact directly with the finalists. The campus search and screen committee will announce a schedule for those public conversations.

The schedule for the campus visits is Richard Lapidus, May 2; Margaret Madden, May 6; Bryan Albrecht, May 8; Robert Meyer, May 13; and D.C. Coston, May 15.

Petersen and the Regent selection committee will interview finalists May 21. Other committee members include Regent Margaret Farrow of Pewaukee, Regent Tim Higgins of Appleton and Regent Edmund Manydeeds of Eau Claire.

They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. The committee’s recommendation is scheduled to be taken up by the full Board of Regents the following week, and the appointment will be announced after that meeting.

The person selected through this process will be the UW-Stout’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Charles W. Sorensen, who announced last December that he is retiring effective Aug. 15, 2014, after 26 years as UW-Stout’s leader.

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UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has more than 9,300 students in 45 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate majors, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with a graduate employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 2001.