A new academic year is upon us

Welcome to another exciting academic year and another year of regular blog posts. The blog took most of the summer off so we could catch our collective breath, but we will try to post weekly or more as we have for the last two years.


Speaking of two years — it just occurred to me that I recently passed my second anniversary as chancellor. To say the time has gone quickly would be an understatement. What I mostly am feeling, though, at the two-year mark is a tremendous sense of gratitude for the privilege of working with the finest students, faculty and staff that any chancellor could hope for.

I truly mean that. I come to work every day knowing that whatever challenges we face our talented and dedicated students and employees are ready and willing to overcome those obstacles and move UW-Stout to even greater accomplishments.


There will be time in the upcoming weeks to discuss some of those challenges. One of them is a great problem to have: Our latest report from the Registrar’s Office indicates that we may set yet another enrollment record this fall.

I have said many times that it’s important for this university to continue to grow, albeit at a moderate pace. Growth does create challenges for our faculty and staff who have to find classes for these new students, as well as housing, dining services and everything else that goes into supporting our student population. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to our continued enrollment growth and who works so hard on giving these students an exceptional education experience.

Finally, I want to encourage faculty and staff to attend the Engagement Session next Monday. I’ll be presenting, as will other people, and then there will be a lively discussion on three important topics. More information is available here.