Bob Meyer became the seventh chancellor at UW-Stout on Aug. 16, 2014, succeeding Charles W. Sorensen, who served 26 years.
Chancellor Meyer didn’t need long to find his way around campus: He worked for UW-Stout in various capacities – professor, college dean and special assistant to the chancellor – for 25 years. He left in 2006 to become president of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake, Wis., before being named by the UW System Board of Regents in May 2014 as UW-Stout chancellor.
“Chancellor 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 future.”
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as UW-Stout’s chancellor,” Chancellor Meyer said. “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.”
Chancellor Meyer holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota. He earned an M.S. in management technology and a B.S. in industrial education, both at UW-Stout.
Chancellor Meyer is married to the former Deb Klein, who also holds two degrees from UW-Stout, both in home economics education. His daughter, Erica, also graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in packaging. His second daughter, Melissa, is a student at UW-Madison.
Chancellor Meyer is a native of Port Washington, Wisconsin. The Meyer family likes to spend time in far northern Minnesota, where they built a cabin on the fringe of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Chancellor Meyer also is a passionate fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, and loves to hunt and fish.