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Visioning Session agenda, resources, and speaker biographies.
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Visioning Session

The event took place July 21, 2020, via Zoom.

Presentation files are linked to the agenda title.

8:00 - 8:10 a.m.

Welcome, Approach, Theme
Chancellor Frank (10 mins)

8:10 - 9:20 a.m.

Keynote Speaker Presentation, Part 1: INNOVATION, Glendali Rodriguez and Sandi Scott
Given our unique situation, what practices, philosophies, and strategies should we be adopting from business, nonprofit, health care and the education sectors to remain successful, competitive and relevant?  (20 mins)

Small Group Discussion, Part 1: Reflections on the keynote speaker presentation (20 mins)

Report Outs (30 mins)
Six groups -- each group has 4 minutes to report on conversations

9:20 - 9:35 a.m. Break and Stout Secrets Video, Part 1: Hidden Spots on Campus (15 mins)
9:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker Presentation, Part 2: REBUILDING AND REIMAGINING, Anny Morrobel-Sosa
Considering the discussion of innovation, and the context provided, how do we establish ourselves as a preeminent, comprehensive polytechnic? (20 mins)
Anny Morrobel-Sosa

Small Group Discussion, Part 2: Reflections on the keynote speaker presentation 
(20 minutes)

Report Outs (30 mins)
Six groups -- each group has 4 minutes to report on conversations

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break and Stout Secrets Video, Part 2: Big Moments on Campus 
11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Presentation, Part 3: FOCUS2030 GOALS: Considering everything we have discussed this morning, what are the most critical 3 to 5 goals to be included in UW-Stout’s next strategic plan? (5 mins)
Anny Morrobel-Sosa

Small Group Discussion, Part 3: Reflections on the day
(30 mins)

Report Outs (30 mins)
Six groups -- each group has 4 minutes to report on conversations

12:05 - 12:20 p.m. Closing and Next Steps
Chancellor Frank 

Other Steps 

Our next step was to present your ideas to the campus for additional feedback.  On August 31, we held a campus-wide event where we will solicited feedback on the following key concepts we heard from you:  

  • Student Success
    • Virtual and face-to-face: What’s the right balance, both inside and outside the classroom? 
    • Promote cross-disciplinary connections
    • Explore innovative approaches to academic program delivery methods and offerings
    • Support unique student needs, including mental and emotional health 
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
    • Ensure access for all
    • Retain diverse faculty and staff
    • Foster a safe and supportive campus for all 
  • Identity as a public, comprehensive, polytechnic university
    • Remain on the leading edge with technology
    • Strengthen partnerships, including co-ops, internships, program advisory boards and the Stout Technology and Business Park
    • Blend liberal arts and technology 
    • Provide cutting-edge laboratories 
  • Sustainability
    • What’s next now that the comprehensive campaign has ended?  Set ambitious goals.
    • Pursue alternative funding streams  

We then used the feedback from the campus, combined with your feedback at the Visioning Session, to finalize the FOCUS2030 strategic plan.


About Stout

Looking Ahead

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Additional Resources


We are honored to have the following higher education professionals present and lead discussions at the Visioning Session.

Chancellor Katherine P. Frank
Chancellor Katherine P. Frank

Chancellor Katherine P. Frank
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Katherine P. Frank became the eighth chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout on March 1, 2020, after a distinguished career as an administrator and faculty member.

Before her appointment as chancellor, Chancellor Frank served from 2016 in two roles at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., as Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Life and Vice President of Academic Innovation.  She also held the rank of Professor of English. From summer 2014 until spring 2016, she was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Frank served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East, Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and a faculty member and administrator of programs involving student writing, faculty professional development, and student success.

Chancellor Frank, the first female leader of UW-Stout, grew up in Colorado and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She has master's and doctorate degrees in English from the University of Washington, Seattle. Frank’s research interests include Romantic and Victorian English Literature, rhetoric and composition, the scholarship of teaching, and academic leadership.

“I am delighted to join UW-Stout,” Chancellor Frank said. “Throughout the search process, I became increasingly impressed by the high-quality work and creative thinking exhibited by faculty, staff, and students at UW-Stout, as well as the strong, reciprocal relationships among the university, community, and regional partners. Everyone demonstrated dedication to the university and exhibited a true focus on ensuring student success.

As beautifully stated by one alumna, ‘Stout is where you need to be.’  I could not agree more and am honored to join this exceptional community of educators, learners, partners, and friends.”

“Dr. Frank has demonstrated throughout her academic career that she is a strategic, dynamic leader,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “She handles challenges extremely well. Her visionary perspective on the future of UW-Stout will serve the institution and the state of Wisconsin very well.”

Chancellor Frank and her husband, Joe Dvorsky, live in Menomonie with their three rescue cats. She is an outdoor activities enthusiast, including running, road cycling, and mountain biking, and has a love of animals, travel, and adventure.

Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW-System Vice President

Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin System

After an extensive national search, Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa began serving as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Wisconsin System on 01 October 2019. 

Morrobel-Sosa serves as the chief academic officer for the UW System. Her areas of responsibility include academic programs, diversity and inclusion planning, data and policy analysis, faculty and staff development, student affairs, developmental education, and instructional technology. She also provides leadership in strategic planning and predictive analytics focused on talent development to support the current and future economic development needs of the state and nation.

Morrobel-Sosa has held numerous other administrative and tenured faculty positions at institutions across the United States.  She served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, from 2012-2016. Of the many initiatives led by Morrobel-Sosa during her tenure at Lehman College, the most significant were: the reverse-transfer agreement for the three CUNY campuses in The Bronx, the planning/prioritization process, and the shepherding of Lehman’s first stand-along applied doctoral program (Doctorate in Nursing Practice,  DNP). The Going Forward in Reverse program supports student completion while recognizing student mobility from 2-year to 4-year institutions. After demonstrating the student-centeredness and success of the initiative, the CUNY Chancellor declared this as one of his principal goals for FY2016 to extend and formalize reverse transfer throughout the entire CUNY System of 274,000 students. Morrobel-Sosa also co-chaired the first comprehensive and exhaustive internal review of all programs and services at a CUNY campus as part Lehman College’s planning and prioritization process to become stronger and more innovative  College, within a more sustainable academic and financial model in preparation for the next strategic plan, regional reaccreditation study, and 50th anniversary. The approval of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice by the Board of Trustees also required approval of a change in the College’s Master Plan.

In addition, Morrobel-Sosa served as Dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2007-2012 where she was instrumental in elevating UTEP’s reputation and profile as both a research institution and an innovative and inclusive learning environment for previously underserved populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Morrobel-Sosa is also president and founder of The Micaela Group, which assists universities in improving student success, closing achievement gaps, and strategic planning, including diversifying students and faculty in STEM.

Morrobel-Sosa received her B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico in 1976, an M.S. in Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Southern California in 1985.

Glendalí Rodríguez, Interim Provost
Photo of Glendali Rodriguez

Glendalí Rodríguez
Interim Provost and Vice-Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Glendalí Rodríguez, is a professor and has served as interim provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Stout since August 2019. She joined UW-Stout in 2005 and taught courses in the area of Construction, Interior Design, and Technology Education, prior to becoming a full-time administrator in January of 2014. As a faculty member, she received teaching awards, and areas of research included service-learning, Universal Design for Learning, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). From 2014 through August of 2019, she served as UW-Stout’s associate provost, and worked closely to foster curriculum quality in coordination with faculty governance groups, lead space planning efforts for our learning environments, and to provide professional development and training opportunities for program directors and department chairs. Glendali joined the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Corps program as a peer reviewer in October 2016 and was trained as a Wisconsin Forward Examiner in August 2018. She is a licensed architect in the state of Wisconsin and Spanish bilingual. She received a Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Sandi Scott, Dean of Students
Dean of Students Sandi Scott.

Sandi Scott
Senior Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Sandi Scott currently serves as the Senior Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students at UW-Stout and brings to that role over thirty years’ experience in student affairs at both private and public institutions, serving during that time at three UW-institutions, Whitewater, River Falls and Stout. For over twenty years, she served as an adjunct faculty member in the College Student Personnel graduate program at Concordia University – Wisconsin and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Sandi is a Past President of the Wisconsin College Personnel Association and has been recognized by WCPA as the first recipient of the Randolph Thrush Award for outstanding service to the organization. Additionally, she was recognized by UMR-ACUHO, the Upper Midwest Region – Association of College & University Housing Officers as the recipient of the Robert E. Mosier Professional Enrichment Award. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Presidential Service Award for her role as chair of the Credentialing Task Force. In 2018, Concordia University-Wisconsin renamed the Outstanding College Student Personnel Alumni Award, the Sandra Scott Outstanding Student Affairs Alumni Award in recognition of her service as a faculty member. Sandi has served as a presenter, keynote speaker, and consultant for a number of institutions and professional organizations and in her free time enjoys watching baseball, supporting Wisconsin sports teams, reading and cherished time with family and friends.