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UW-Green Bay announces forum times for yet-to-be-named chancellor finalists

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UW-Green Bay will host five open forums in May for the yet-to-be-named finalists for the position of chancellor, inviting campus and community to weigh in on the University’s next leader.

The hour-long forums will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 9; Tuesday, May 13; Wednesday, May 14; Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16. All will be held in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Members of the campus community and the general public are encouraged to attend. All individuals will have the opportunity to give confidential feedback on each finalist.

In announcing the sessions now, before the finalists are named, the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee hopes to spread the word and maximize attendance, said committee chair Prof. Cheryl Grosso.

“The input of campus and community stakeholders is absolutely critical as this process continues,” Grosso said. “We hope that by holding these forums during the lunch hour, we can encourage as many people as possible to have their voices heard.”

Each chancellor finalist will deliver an approximately 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session. There is no specified topic for the presentation, but committee members expect candidates will share information about their background and qualifications, likely introduce their significant other (if applicable) and speak about their interest in becoming UW-Green Bay’s sixth chancellor.

The forums will be part of a day-and-a-half long interview process for each finalist, during which time the candidate will tour campus and community and participate in a variety of meetings and interviews. The finalists are expected to be named in early May.

The upcoming public sessions will be the second group of forums held to gauge campus and community input on UW-Green Bay’s next chancellor. In late January and early February, the Search and Screen Committee held a series of five on-and off-campus sessions to gather thoughts on important considerations for choosing UW-Green Bay’s new leader.

After a series of presentations and personal interviews, UW System President Ray Cross and a special UW System Board of Regents Committee will recommend one individual to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. That is expected to happen at the board’s June meeting. The special committee is chaired by Regent Tim Higgins of Appleton; others on the committee are Regent Mark Bradley of Wausau, Regent Janice Mueller of Madison, and Regent Chuck Pruitt of Milwaukee.

The UW-Green Bay Chancellor Search website, www.uwgb.edu/chancellor/search, has more information on the process, including a video that showcases the campus and community. UW-Green Bay Prof. Cheryl Grosso is chair of the Search and Screen Committee, which consists of 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students. Two administrators and three community representatives round out the committee. A full roster is available online.

UW-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,600 students, exceptional facilities and affordable, high-quality programs. The University’s 360° of Learning brand is a promise that UW-Green Bay students will learn to examine and solve problems from multiple perspectives. Founded in 1965 and a member institution of the tradition-rich University of Wisconsin System, UW-Green Bay boasts more than 32,000 alumni.

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