University of Wisconsin – Stout


The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) seeks applications from and nominations for forward-thinking leaders for the position of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  A passion and belief in the institution’s polytechnic values, and the ability to embrace and fully articulate those values will be required. The Chancellor of each UW institution reports to the President of the UW System.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in Western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. UW-Stout is a comprehensive, career-focused university where students, faculty and staff use applied learning, scientific theory, humanistic understanding, creativity and research to solve real-world problems, grow the state’s economy and serve society. UW-Stout won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001 and holds the distinction of being the first-ever higher education recipient of the prestigious award.

The University serves close to 9,000 students who are supported by 489 faculty and instructional academic staff and 914 additional staff. Students can select from 50 undergraduate programs, 19 master’s degree programs and three advanced degree programs. UW-Stout graduates are prized in the marketplace and the six-month post-graduation employment rate is 98.7 percent. UW-Stout has an operating budget of approximately $205 million and an additional $62 million in assets managed by the Stout University Foundation.

The polytechnic university is one that combines applied learning with a liberal arts education to provide active learning environments, promote student-centered teaching and educational innovation. Applied learning incorporates tools to evaluate, create and shape human comprehension and emphasizes “real world” and “hands on” learning experiences. At UW-Stout, there are three times more labs than classrooms. A focus on a liberal arts approach develops critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and leadership skills while introducing students to a variety of academic disciplines. UW-Stout is uniquely positioned because of the blend of scholars from the humanities, arts, sciences, education, and helping professions that work closely with students to ensure the student isn’t just prepared from a career and technical perspective; UW-Stout aims to educate the whole student.

The chancellor will join a community that is passionate about UW-Stout’s Polytechnic Mission and its unique place in the landscape of higher education. Rigorous, dynamic academic and experiential programs led by an engaged faculty and staff foster lifelong relationships between students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends. The warm collegiality of the community, the beauty of the campus and of its natural surroundings, and the deep loyalty of the almost 70,000-person alumni base are all sources of enormous pride for the university. The next chancellor should have the capacity to lead a vibrant institution within a large and dynamic public higher education system, have an abiding interest in the mission of a student-centered university dedicated to teaching excellence through applied learning and in a technology-rich environment. In addition, the chancellor must be an advocate of continuing UW-Stout’s commitment to inclusive strategic planning and continuous quality improvement and be a collaborative, servant leader with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, integrity, energy and enthusiasm, and be supportive of a transparent decision-making process.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and inclusiveness and will work closely with faculty, staff and students to ensure the shared governance system operates effectively and collaboratively. The chancellor must be able to work effectively with all campus constituencies and with community leaders and local officials.  UW-Stout operates within a large public higher education system, and the new chancellor must represent and advocate effectively for the university and the UW System with the Board of Regents, and with local, state, and federal elected officials.

The ideal candidate will have strong academic credentials and accomplishments.  However, a candidate without a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree may be considered if he or she has comparable credentials and accomplishments that demonstrate a thorough understanding of the institutions of the academy, a deep understanding of the landscape of higher education, a commitment to UW-Stout’s academic mission and an exceptional record of executive leadership.

For additional information on the Chancellor search, including a full list of qualifications, please view the leadership profile and position description at: UW-Stout Position Description

The position will remain open until filled. However, only applications received by September 13, 2109, are assured full consideration. Nominations and expressions of interest will be treated in confidence; references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except the identities of those identified as final candidates. See Wis. Stat. § 19.36(7). Employment will require a criminal background check.  It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment.

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the criteria listed above, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of at least five professional references that includes faculty, student, and community leaders and provides full contact information. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Tom Fitch, Partner

Kenna Boyd, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates LP