NEW INFORMATION: Regents pick Meyer to be next UW-Stout chancellor

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- There's a new leader at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The university says Dr. Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, has been named the next chancellor at the university.

Meyer will being leading UW-Stout as chancellor on August 16th, just a day after longtime chancellor Charles Sorensen retires after 26 years in his position.

Meyers has ties to UW-Stout. He's an alumni, earning his undergraduate degree in 1980 and masters in 1983. Meyer already spent 25 years at the university in different 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.

Tuesday morning, the UW System Board of Regents approved Meyer's appointment, a recommendation made by a selection committee.

Meyer said a couple of his goal include strategic planning so that everybody has a forum to speak and give suggestions for improvements at Stout and also to double the foundation's assets.

"One of my priorities is going to be to really challenge the fundraising aspect and be imminently involved with that," said Meyer. "I've always had a special place in my heart for it even after leaving UW-Stout so I'm just tickled to come back and contribute as a leader."

Meyer said while completing his undergraduate at Stout, he never imagined he would become chancellor of the university.

The chair of the campus search and screen committee, Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, associate professor of mathematics, said Meyer put an emphasis on the value of UW-Stout being a polytechnic university.

"If we knew one thing that was clear in everyone's mind it's that we are a polytechnic university and our goal for the next five years is to establish that," said Ghenciu.

Ghenciu said one thing that was surprising during the chancellor search was the timing.

"I think it was really good timing of Menomonie being in need of a leader, I think we heard it loud and clear the city of Menomonie and the entire region is looking also for a leader and they are expecting the new chancellor to be a leader and bring the collaborating between the town and region and university," he said.

Ghenciu and Edmund Manydeeds, a member of the special University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents committee, both agreed Meyer wants to establish Stout as the polytechnic university of Wisconsin. His bold goal of doubling the foundation's money also set Meyer apart from others.

Manydeeds said it was also his personality that drew them to Meyer.

"We really know the city of Menomonie is seeking someone that's going to build on the relationships they've had with this campus over the years and make them deeper, more active between campus and community. Not only this community, but businesses and industry in the area, those need to be built on," said Manydeeds.

Meyers said his wife and two daughters are also excited for the move. Meyer's wife is also a UW-Stout alumni along with one of his daughters. The other daughter attends UW-Madison.


MENOMONIE, Wis. (UW-STOUT NEWS RELEASE) -- Dr. Robert M. Meyer, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved Meyer’s appointment, following the recommendation made by a selection committee. Meyer will step into his new leadership post on Aug. 16, 2014.

Meyer joined Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in Shell Lake, Wis., in 2008. He serves as the college’s chief executive officer, providing leadership and vision to the college, overseeing all aspects of its operations. He also facilitates strategic planning and outcomes, and aligns divisional plans and WITC’s $78-million budget to the strategic plan. In his time at WITC, Meyer expanded partnerships with K-12 districts, technical colleges, and universities, and increased WITC Foundation holdings over 50%. During his tenure, WITC was recognized three times among the top 10 of Washington Monthly Magazine’s national rankings of two-year colleges.

Meyer brings nearly three decades of experience with UW-Stout to his new position. In addition to time on campus as a student, Meyer spent 25 years at UW-Stout in various 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.

“Dr. Meyer is an established leader with an extensive knowledge of Wisconsin and a long-time affinity with UW-Stout. He understands its mission, challenges and potential, and how higher education must evolve to meet the needs of those it serves,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “He has a distinguished record of successful service and senior-level leadership, and I am confident he is well prepared to lead UW-Stout to a bright future.”

Meyer holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota. He earned a Master’s in management technology and a B.S. in industrial education, both at UW-Stout.

“It will be a privilege and an honor to serve as UW-Stout’s next chancellor. Since it was founded by James Huff Stout in 1891, the university has enjoyed a rich history. It is renowned for its applied programs and strong ties with employers that enable graduates to go out in the world with such success,” Meyer said.

“I plan a fast start as chancellor, drawing upon my experiences and relationships developed as a UW-Stout graduate, faculty member, and leader,” Meyer said. “UW-Stout’s impressive faculty and staff are devoted to student learning and continuous improvement, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to work with them to build upon the institution’s mission as Wisconsin’s polytechnic university.”

“This is an exciting time for UW-Stout. Dr. Meyer brings an impressive portfolio of scholarship and leadership, and just as importantly, a tremendous commitment to the polytechnic mission of the university,” said Dr. Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, from UW-Stout’s Mathematics Department, who chaired the 21-member search and screen committee. “I am confident that our new chancellor will provide the right mix of vision, people skills and collaboration that will be needed to lead UW-Stout now and in the future. I look forward to working with him to accomplish the goals that will be set forth in the weeks and months to come.”

“We were very impressed with Dr. Meyer as an experienced educational leader who understands what it takes to help students succeed in college,” said Regent Drew Petersen of Madison, chair of the Board of Regents committee that interviewed all of the finalists with Cross. “UW-Stout is about to begin a new chapter in its long and storied history. Dr. Meyer is a well-established scholar whose leadership and vision complement the legacy of Chancellor Sorensen. He will be a great asset to the university, the UW System, and the state.”

Other members of the committee included Regent Margaret Farrow (Pewaukee), Regent Tim Higgins (Appleton), and Regent Edmund Manydeeds (Eau Claire).

Meyer will be the UW-Stout’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Charles W. Sorensen, who announced last December that he is retiring effective Aug. 15, 2014, after 26 years as UW-Stout’s leader.

In line with market-based compensation guidelines approved by the Board of Regents last October, Meyer will earn $230,000 as chancellor.
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The UW System is expected to announce its selection for a new UW-Stout chancellor on Tuesday.

The university expects the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents to vote for a new chancellor at 10 a.m. The person selected by the board will be UW-Stout's seventh chancellor. Current Chancellor Charles Sorensen is retiring on August 15. He has been at UW-Stout for 26 years.

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