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UW Stout Chancellor retires after quarter of a century

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The time he served is longer than the age of most of his students. After more than a quarter century of service, the UW Stout Chancellor is retiring. 

I've been here 26 years and in the life of a chancellor, that's a long time,” explains Chancellor Charles Sorensen.

An empty room, and one last donut.

We both have a sweet tooth and enjoy having donuts on many days of the week,” says Julie Zack, one of Sorensen's co-workers.

Surround the Chancellor on his last day.

“It's definitely going to be a big change on campus,” says Joni Geroux, another UW Stout employee.

Early on, Chancellor Sorensen saw the value of education.

“He told me, son, don't go to college, you don't have the worth at all to do it,” says Sorensen. “I gave myself internal direction, I realized that I wanted to become a good student and I did. I realized I wanted to become a professor and I did, and I kept my eye on that prize.”

He's persevered through hard times.

“I went through a vote of no confidence where the faculty wanted to get rid of me they wanted to fire me,” explains Sorensen.

And came out on top. Today, he is being honored by his staff as they are celebrating his help with Stout's Discovery Center and Fab Lab. The creation of this Fab Lab is one of the most recent projects overseen by the Chancellor; however his most prized accomplishment lies elsewhere.

“To meet the President of the United States and have him give me an award that he thought was very important for organizations. It was a very thrilling moment for me and a highlight too for the campus I think, says Sorensen.

He has impacted the campus in many ways.

“He's always been a huge supporter. I've never felt like we were out there by ourselves,” says Larry Blackledge, a UW Stout employee.

“We changed the school pretty fundamentally from 27 programs to 47 programs to 7000 students to 9000 students,” says Sorensen.

And now it's time for him to start a new chapter of life.

“A two week vacation in Michigan at one of our favorite resorts, then down to Grand Rapids Michigan to see kids angrand kidsds, then back here to start the new life,” Sorensen explains.

The next Chancellor, Bob Meyer, will start Monday. He was previously the president of Wisconsin Indian Head Technical College.

 

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