Wigen History

wigen_headshot_1Ray Wigen is credited with gaining nationwide recognition for Stout's graduate college.

Wigen started teaching shop work at Stout in 1933 and then became supervisor of student teacher training. In 1946, he was appointed dean of the graduate college, where he served for 20 years.

Wigen was a good friend of many graduate students. He is remembered for his dry sense of humor and somewhat odd laugh which most people found more amusing than his jokes.

Long active in educational affairs, Wigen served as chairman of the Minnesota Industrial Arts Association, vice president of the Wisconsin Vocational and Adult Education Association, co-chairman of the Wisconsin State Curriculum Committee and president of the Wisconsin Industrial Arts Association. Wigen retired in 1966 after 33 years of service.

Wigen Hall was dedicated in 1970. 

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