UW-Stout officially has a new chancellor after the UW System on Tuesday (May 27) announced the hire of Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Meyer has nearly 30 years’ experience with Stout, first as a student and then in a quarter-century with the university in a variety of professional roles (including assistant to the chancellor for state and federal relations; dean of the College of Technology, Engineering, and Management; associate dean of outreach; and director of the Stout Technology Transfer Institute). He will begin his new role Aug. 16, succeeding Charles W. Sorenson, who has been Stout’s chancellor for 26 years. The UW System news release has more.
Stout provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Joe Bessie has resigned
and will be teaching in the English and philosophy department. In a memo to campus staff, Chancellor Charles Sorensen noted that Jackie Weissenburger, current associate chancellor, will assume Bessie’s duties on an interim basis. “I very much enjoy the role of provost, but it has become clear to me that this particular administrative environment is not a good fit for me,” said Bessie, who served less than a year in the position. Read more.
UW System appoints chancellor search committee for the soon-to-be UW-Stout vacancy with the retirement of veteran chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. It’s a 21-person group, and Interim System President Richard Telfer appointed 11 UW-Stout faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students, to be joined by two administrators and two community representatives. Prof. Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, from UW-Stout’s Mathematics Department, will chair the committee. If you know people from Stout or are otherwise interested, the list is here.