|[December 02, 2013]
After 26 years, Chancellor Sorensen to retire from UW-Stout
MENOMONIE, Wis. --(Business Wire)--
Charles W. Sorensen, the sixth and longest-serving chancellor in the
history of University of Wisconsin-Stout, announced today that he is
retiring, effective Aug. 15, 2014.
"I consider it a privilege to have served as chancellor of UW-Stout for
26 years," Sorensen said in a statement sent to students, faculty and
staff. "I have worked with talented, bright and dedicated students and
employees. Together we have introduced and implemented some very
substantial changes that have strengthened this institution and added
value to the degrees our students earn."
The UW System Board of Regents will launch a national search to identify
Sorensen's successor, with plans to name the new chancellor by Aug. 15.
That process begins with the appointment of a broadly representative
campus search and screen committee.
The UW System president will invite faculty, staff and student
governance groups to nominate members of that committee, which will be
responsible for identifying a slate of finalists, to be considered by a
special Regent selection committee.
"Change is always difficult, and I recognize this," Sorensen said in his
message to campus. "I will work closely with campus leaders and the UW
System to set the stage for a successful search for the seventh
chancellor of UW-Stout. This is an excellent university and should
attract outstanding candidates."
Sorensen added: "I want to emphasize that I will remain fully engaged as
chancellor throughout this transition period and focus sharply on moving
the campus forward. We will have ample opportunity in the next few
months to engage in meaningful dialogue about the issues we face."
He also said he and his wife Toni Poll-Sorensen, a retired UW-Eau Claire
professor, would remain in the Menomonie area.
In the 26 years unde Sorensen, UW-Stout has grown in enrollment,
physical size and national stature. The changes that occurred under
Sorensen's leadership cover nearly all aspects of university operations.
Enrollment: Since 1988, enrollment has risen from 7,092 to
9,286, an increase of 31 percent.
Academics: The number of undergraduate majors has risen since
1988 from 20 to 44 and the number of graduate majors from 18 to 23,
plus three advanced graduate programs.
Recognition: UW-Stout won the national Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award in 2001. In 2007 it was designated as
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University. It is listed as one of the top 15
regional public universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World
Physical campus: Since 1988 there have been five new buildings,
two major additions and seven major renovations.
Innovation: The eStout laptop program was implemented in 2002.
It provides laptop computers to all undergraduates and is the
foundation for a campuswide digital learning environment.
Employment success: Maintained the employment rate for new
graduates at or above 97 percent, even through the worst recession
since the Great Depression.
Outreach: UW-Stout opened the Stout Technology and Business
Park, Discovery Center, Center for Applied Ethics and expanded the
Cooperative Education Program.
Budget: The university's annual budget has grown since 1988
from $66 million to $228 million.
Advancement: Stout University Foundation assets have grown
since 1988 from $2.3 million to $43 million.
Sorensen began as UW-Stout chancellor Aug. 15, 1988. He began teaching
in 1970 at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich. He eventually was
named history department chair, assistant dean and dean. In 1981 he
attended Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. In
1984 Sorensen was named vice president for Academic Affairs at Winona
State University in Winona, Minn.
Sorensen graduated in 1964 from Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill.,
with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He then
earned a master's degree in history in 1967 from Illinois State and a
doctorate in American history in 1973 from Michigan State University.
For more on Sorensen's history at UW-Stout, go to www.uwstout.edu/admin/chancellor/retirement.
Editors: To arrange an interview with Chancellor Sorensen,
call Doug Mell, executive director of Communications and External
Relations, at 715-232-1198 or email email@example.com.
Photos from Chancellor Sorensen's years at UW-Stout can be downloaded at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3326643/Release.zip.
A caption file is included.
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