Chancellor offers thanks for support as he begins his final semester
January 21, 2014
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen, who has announced he is retiring Aug. 15, took the opportunity Tuesday at the start of his last semester as campus leader to thank the students, faculty and staff for their support over the last 26 years and to reflect on the accomplishments of his tenure.
truly appreciate your support for me in this job," Sorensen said as
faculty and staff met in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.
"It's been a good ride for me."
then pointed out what he believes to be the highlights of his administration:
the establishment of the eStout or laptop program; doubling the number of
undergraduate programs the university offers; winning the Malcom Baldrige
National Quality Award; and being designated Wisconsin's Polytechnic
have done an awful lot together," Sorensen said. "I truly thank you
for that privilege."
reaffirmed his support for higher salaries for faculty and staff, saying,
"the state has abrogated its responsibility for pay," and UW-Stout
will implement the second phase of a supplemental pay plan on July 1.
Sorensen said, there are detractors in the UW System about the current plan to
add three engineering degrees at UW-Stout. It may take a longer time to add
mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, he said, but, "We are
going to get those programs."
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committee has begun meeting to help the UW System president and Board of
Regents select the next chancellor. System officials hope to have a new
chancellor selected by the end of May.
Sorensen is the longest-serving leader in the school's
Spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 27. UW-Stout
starts the semester with two buildings closed for renovations. Harvey Hall, the
second-oldest building on our campus and busiest academic building, closed in
early January for the start of a $28 million renovation. The project is
scheduled to be completed in summer 2015.
McCalmont Hall, a residence hall on south campus, also closed during
the semester break for an eight-month renovation project.