Bill Laatsch’s Retirement Reception

Interim Provost Bill Laatsch with Interim Chancellor David WardInterim Provost Bill Laatsch, one of the University’s longest-serving employees with more than 40 years at UW-Green Bay, gave a heartfelt thanks to faculty, staff, friends and family who came to a retirement gathering on Wednesday, May 20

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Interim Provost Bill Laatsch farewell, May 20, 2009.Interim Provost Laatsch talks with his executive assistant, Judi Pietsch and Admissions Director Pam Harvey-Jacobs.Interim Provost Laatsch with retired Dean of Students Jerry Olson.Laatsch discusses his retirement plans with Prof. Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies. Members of the Laatsch family.Members of the Laatsch family.Interim Provost Laatsch accepts a congratulatory handshake from Interim Chancellor David Ward. Ward presents Laatsch with a certificate of appreciation. Interim Provost Laatsch addresses the crowd. After his address, Laatsch received a standing ovation for a job-well-done and a well-deserved retirement.
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Laatsch, who was once the senior-most faculty member, agreed to postpone his retirement to become interim provost last year.

He will remain on in that position until the University’s new provost, Dr. Julia E. Wallace, starts on July 27.

Laatsch was grateful for the many friends he worked with over the years, saying the team of employees dedicated to teaching college students was a very special one to him.

Following a standing ovation for a job-well-done and a well-deserved retirement, Laatsch added that he indeed could un-retire, a term thrown around Green Bay a lot the past couple years. But if he does, he’s “going to the Jets.”

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