The search-and-screen committee that will help select the next chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has scheduled a community forum from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Menomonie Public Library.
Petre (Nelu) Ghenciu, search committee chair, said the forum is intended to discuss what qualities community members would like to see in the next UW-Stout leader. Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen has announced he is retiring Aug. 15 after 26 years in the position.
“It is very important that search committee members hear from a wide variety of people about what qualities we should be looking for in the next chancellor,” said Ghenciu, associate professor in the mathematics department. “We are having a number of forums on campus, in Menomonie and in the region to make sure we hear from everyone who has a stake in UW-Stout.”
The 21-member search-and-screen committee is expected to recommend five candidates as finalists to be considered by the UW System president and a special Board of Regents Committee. One finalist will be presented to the full Board of Regents for a confirmation vote.
System officials have said they want the search-and-screen committee’s work to be completed by the end of May so a new chancellor can be in place by the time Sorensen leaves.
A chancellor search website has been established. It is available at http://www.uwstout.edu/admin/chancellor/search/.