Biographical Information

Charles W. Sorensen


Dr. Charles W. Sorensen served as a teacher, historian, academic dean and academic vice president prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Stout staff in 1988 as the sixth person to headcws1_sm this century-old institution.

A native of Moline, Illinois, Dr. Sorensen received a baccalaureate degree in history and political science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and an M.S. degree in history from Illinois State University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in American history from Michigan State University and attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Since coming to Wisconsin, Sorensen has actively promoted economic development in the state through partnerships between UW-Stout and the private sector. Under his leadership, UW-Stout has received national recognition for its work in "technology transfer," the application of university research and technology to help solve industry problems that will increase business productivity and market competitiveness. Dr. Sorensen served as a public member of the Special Committee on the University and State Economic Development. This committee studied the role and function of the University of Wisconsin System in statewide economic development. He also served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on 21st Century Jobs, which studied and proposed private and public sector initiatives to strengthen Wisconsin's long term economic future. Sorensen acts as an educational consultant to the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Sorensen promotes program development, distance education efforts, the use of technology in the classroom, redefinition of the general education program, private fund raising and a strong quality program at UW-Stout.

In 1995, Sorensen was presented with The Governor's Diamond Award in honor of UW-Stout's innovative programs offered to women and minorities. In 1991, he was recognized with a special award from the University of Wisconsin System Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Policy Studies, for his contributions in advancing the status of women in higher education.

Dr. Sorensen routinely presents to an assortment of college and university groups.