Bruce Shepard announced Thursday that he will retire as president of Western Washington University at the close of the 2015-2016 academic year, after eight years on the job.
Shepard served as chancellor of UW-Green Bay from 2001 to 2008 before accepting the presidency at the Bellingham, Washington, school.
“Serving Western has been a richly rewarding privilege and so this has not been an easy decision. Yet, transitions always come and, after much reflection, I believe it is time for Western and for Cyndie and me. We are deeply grateful for having the opportunity to serve Western, look forward to an exciting final year, and know that, over the years that then follow, we will always proudly be Vikings,” Bruce Shepard said.
For the full news release summarizing Shepard’s tenure at WWU, click here.
The winner of this year’s Sager Scholarship is Christa Kananen, a senior majoring in Geoscience with a minor in Environmental Science. Her paper “Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County” was based on her undergraduate research project under the guidance of NAS Associate Prof. John Luczaj. The Sager Scholarship for Scientific Writing was established by retired UW-Green Bay faculty members Paul and Dorothea Sager in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Arboretum. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a UW-Green Bay undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence in scientific writing resulting from a classroom or extracurricular academic activity. Students receiving honorable mention for this year’s competition were Reed Heintzkill, Courtney Pagenkopf, Holly Plamann, Alex Stenner and Timothy Zietz.