Julie Furst-Bowe, University of Wisconsin-Stout provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will become the eighth chancellor in the history of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The announcement was made on Thursday.
Furst-Bowe, a native of Chippewa Falls, served at UW-Stout for nearly 22 years as a faculty member, department chair, associate vice chancellor, assistant chancellor and, since August 2005, provost and vice chancellor. Pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees on May 10, Furst-Bowe will begin her new duties July 1.
UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen issued the following statement concerning the Furst-Bowe appointment:
“Julie has distinguished herself as a premier provost in the UW System and nationally, as well as a trusted adviser and friend to me and the rest of my Cabinet. She has worked tirelessly on a number of important issues on this campus, including our efforts to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, adding more than 20 undergraduate and graduate majors to our academic program array, maintaining our AQIP accreditation process, updating our mission statement, increasing faculty and student research and globalizing our campus.
“She has received numerous state and national awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Award from Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership, edited books and authored many grants and articles.
“I congratulate Julie on this tremendous achievement in her career and thank her for all she has done for UW-Stout.”
Sorensen added that he will make a decision soon on an appointment as interim provost and has begun the process to conduct a search for a permanent replacement.
Furst-Bowe graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and from UW-Stout in August 1986 with a master’s degree in media technology. She received her doctor of education degree in work, family and community education from the University of Minnesota.