State Legislature to honor Chancellor Sorensen on Tuesday

February 17, 2014

The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to vote on a joint resolution Tuesday, Feb. 18, honoring Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen for his nearly 26 years of service to University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The resolution, on the calendars of the both the Assembly and the Senate, is sponsored by Rep. John Murtha and state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. UW-Stout is in the districts represented by Murtha and Harsdorf. Sorensen has been invited by the legislators to attend the Tuesday sessions of the Assembly and Senate.

Sorensen has announced he is retiring Aug. 15, 2014, after completing 26 years as chancellor. The UW System is conducting a search for his replacement.

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen"Chancellor Sorensen has been a truly pivotal part of UW-Stout, bringing the university to new heights and creating a new level of excellence in education," Murtha said. "His ambitious ideas have created an advanced and exceptional university for all who desire to learn. It has been an honor working with the chancellor and getting to know him better during my time as representative of the 29th Assembly District. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. He will be truly missed."

Harsdorf also congratulated Sorensen. "I am pleased to take this opportunity to acknowledge Chancellor Sorensen for his many years of service to UW-Stout and the Menomonie community and commend him for his leadership and many contributions in making UW-Stout an outstanding and nationally recognized polytechnic institution," she said.

The resolution makes note of the many accomplishments at UW-Stout during Sorensen's tenure, including:

  • Growing enrollment by more than 31 percent
  • Increasing the number of undergraduate majors from 20 to 45
  • Winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001

  • Being named Wisconsin's Polytechnic University in 2007
  • Starting the eStout program, which gives every undergraduate a laptop computer with more than $4,500 in preloaded software
  • Maintaining a 97 percent employment rate for recent graduates
  • Growing the Stout University Foundation from $2.3 million in assets to more than $43 million
  • Overseeing numerous major building projects and renovations on campus.

Sorensen said he was overwhelmed by the legislative recognition and felt it was important to share the honor with the students, faculty and staff at UW-Stout.

"I have had the privilege of working with some amazing students, faculty and staff during my time at UW-Stout," Sorensen said. "All of these accomplishments were team efforts."

Sorensen said the support of legislators like Murtha and Harsdorf has been essential in moving UW-Stout forward.

"The UW System and the Legislature need to work together for the good of the state," Sorensen said. "Rep. Murtha and Sen. Harsdorf have always been willing to listen to our concerns."

For more information about Chancellor Sorensen's career at UW-Stout, click here